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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

July 19, 2004: New Five-Year Strategy for Crime

Prime Minister Tony Blair has today launched the government’s new five-year strategy for crime. He noted that it marked the effective end of the 1960s liberal approach on law and order. Launching the strategy, entitled Cutting Crime, Delivering Justice A Strategic Plan for Criminal Justice 2004-08 he stated that:

“Looking back, of all the public services in 1997, the one that was most unfit for purpose was the criminal justice system.  Police numbers were falling. Though recorded crime had begun to fall, it was still double what it had been in the 1970s. Detections and convictions were going down. Trials often collapsed. Fines were often not paid. Probation training had stalled. 1 in 6 CPS posts were vacant. There were literally no computers for frontline prosecution  staff. But above all, there was a resigned tolerance of failure, a culture of fragmentation and an absence of any sense of forward purpose, across the whole criminal justice system. And anti-social behaviour was a menace, without restraint.”

The Prime Minister stated that there are three key priorities at the centre of government plans for fighting crime and reforming the criminal justice system. They are:

Firstly, “to revive the idea of community policing, but for a modern world. That means a big increase in uniformed patrol on our streets but linked to 21st century technology – to make sure they have the biggest possible impact on crime and on the public’s fear of crime.”

To achieve this, the government have stated that they will more than quadruple the number of Police Community Support Officers to 24,000 by 2008.

Secondly, according to Tony Blair, the government plan to “target the offender and not just the offence to deal with the criminal lifestyles of the most prolific offenders who cause such damage.” This means more prison places for serious and persistent offenders but also more drug treatment to help them break free from the cycle of crime with the ambition of getting around 1,000 offenders a week into treatment by 2008. Sentencing and probation will likewise focus on the offender. The government plan to extend drug testing from the point of charge to the time of arrest and introduce compulsory assessment of all those who test positive. Bail will be linked directly in many cases to willingness to undergo treatment.

Tony Blair has also discussed a doubling of the capacity to use electronic tagging, and the Introduction of satellite tracking for high risk offenders. 

Thirdly, Tony Blair’s government aims to “toughen up every aspect of the criminal justice system to take on the criminal and support the victim".

All of this is part of what Tony Blair calls “the continued overhaul and modernisation of the criminal justice system”. he stated target for these policies is a 15% reduction in crime by 2008.