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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

October 17, 2008: Sanctions For Reckless Traders, Says Napo

Probation union Napo is calling for sanctions against reckless traders and financial speculators.

A new Napo briefing calls for an investigation into financial speculation and irregularity in the City to see if there has been any criminal activity. If proved, then individuals and institutions must be dealt with by the full force of the law and consideration should be given to the possibility of new laws being introduced to cover such reckless behaviour.

The paper points out that the reckless activity of City speculators could be covered by the government’s Sentencing Advisory Panel guidelines which say there are four levels of culpability. The highest level of is where there is intention to cause harm. The lowest level is where the individual is proved to be negligent.

The panel describe two other levels, first where there is recklessness with regard to whether any harm is caused and secondly whether there is knowledge of specific risks entailed in certain actions without intention to cause harm. Napo believes that this advisory framework should be examined by any investigation to determine whether existing sanctions can be applied or new sanctions are required.

The Inquiry could examine whether any recent financial activity was anti-social in that it caused individuals or groups alarm or distress. Any sanctions could be based on existing legislation such as that covering anti-social behaviour orders or curfews.

Activity deemed reckless could also lead to perpetrators being required to sign acceptable behaviour contracts instructing them to act properly and responsibly in financial affairs. They would be similar to those used with young people who have acted irresponsibly.

The Inquiry could consider possible penalties if misdemeanours were proved, which might involve fines or compensation orders, and it could consider imposing prohibition orders in respect of trading if reckless or criminal activity or intent were proved. It could also consider whether powers were needed to seize any profits from proven reckless dealing which had compromised tax payers’ funds.

Harry Fletcher, Assistant General Secretary of Napo, said:

“The reckless behaviour may fulfil the Sentencing Advisory Panel's criteria on three grounds: that of negligence; of not caring if your reckless behaviour causes harm; and of being reckless but not intending to cause harm. The behaviour of many speculators has indeed caused fear and alarm and is therefore anti-social behaviour at the very least. Those behaving recklessly should be asked to sign acceptable behaviour contracts to ensure they do not behave against the public interest in the future