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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

November 6, 2007: Queen's Speech and Criminal Justice

The Queen's speech at the opening of Parliament offered some indication of the future direction of criminal justice developments. In a speech with a focus on counter-terrorism , the queen stated:

 'My government will seek a consensus on changes to the law on terrorism, so that the police and other agencies have the powers they need to protect the public, while preserving essential rights and liberties.'

Among other area, the speech addressed the proposed counter-terrorism bill and the criminal justice and immigration bill. The counter-terrorism bill would allow for a possible extension of the current pre-charge detention limit of 28 days (it is currently unclear as to how long this period may be extended). Other counter-terrorism changes include:

  • enabling post-charge questioning of terrorism suspects
  • allowing the drawing of 'adverse inferences' from refusals to say something, which can later be relied on in court
  • allowing police and intelligence services to make full use of DNA
  • ensuring convicted terrorists provide police with personal information when they are released from prison
  • banning convicted terrorists from travelling overseas

A criminal justice and immigration bill would introduce violent offenders orders to place restrictions on the activities of convicted criminals after they're released from jail. Other aspects of the bill include:

  • allowing non-dangerous criminals who breach the terms of their release to be jailed for only 28 days, rather than serving out the full length of their original sentence
  • creating a new immigration status for people convicted of terrorism or other serious offences
  • banning the possession of 'extreme' pornographic images available on the internet, but not currently covered by the Obscene Publications Act
  • amending the law on self-defence, to ensure people who act with 'reasonable force' to protect themselves, others, or their property are fully protected by the law