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Sentencing Review in December as IPP doubts begin to surface

The Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke has said that proposals on sentencing are due to be announced to the House of Commons in December. He was answering a question during Justice Questions in the House last week. Mr Clarke’s response to a question about the delay in presenting the much heralded review of sentencing suggests that…

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Domestic Abuse Orders – no need for evidence as UK Police State continues to grow

Domestic Abuse Orders – no need for evidence as UK Police State continues to grow

The UK Government wants to give police the power to ban men from their homes for 48 hours if they are suspected of domestic abuse – even if there is insufficient evidence to warrant a charge. During this period, the police will run off to a friendly magistrate and ask for a new Domestic Abuse…

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Prisons Week – Never heard of it?

Prisons Week – Never heard of it?

TheOpinionSite.org is well known for its views on the UK Criminal Justice system, so when a close friend informed me that this week is Prisons Week, the question I asked – as may many of you – was, “What exactly is Prisons Week and why haven’t I ever heard anything about it?” Prisons Week is,…

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Lord Young never had it so good. Lucky him!

Lord Young never had it so good. Lucky him!

Tory toff Lord Young reckons that we have ‘never had it so good’ and that the recession is good for us. He says that in the future, people will wonder what all the fuss was about. It could only come from a well-heeled conservative who has such belief in his words he’s now decided to…

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Operation Ore appeal under way

Operation Ore appeal under way

The appeal involving a specimen conviction resulting from the flawed child pornography investigation, Operation Ore started  yesterday in the Appeal Court. However, there is little being released as to the progress of the action. Nevertheless, given the huge interest in this case, not least here on TheOpinionSite.org, one has to ask why so little is…

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Student Riots – not everyone needs or wants a university education

Student Riots – not everyone needs or wants a university education

Today in London there were demonstrations against the proposed rise in university tuition fees. The question that everyone, except it seems, TheOpinionSite.org is afraid to ask is “Why is it necessary for so many people to go to university?” It is a ridiculous proposal that everyone should have to go to university in order to…

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Iain Duncan-Smith’s jobless blackmail plan will fail

Iain Duncan-Smith’s jobless blackmail plan will fail

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan-Smith has announced that the jobless will have to work for their benefit – a benefit to which they are entitled anyway. Furthermore, he wants them to do a 30 hour week clearing up litter or other ‘physical’ tasks and not even get the minimum wage in return. Nor…

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Sentencing Review – where is it?

Sentencing Review – where is it?

If you have been looking on Google or elsewhere for details of Kenneth Clarke’s much heralded Sentencing Review, you will have been sadly disappointed with the results. The Government, it seems, is in no hurry to announce the results of the Sentencing Council’s deliberations, despite the fact that many of the proposed cuts to the…

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Operation Ore appeal could change child protection balance

Operation Ore appeal could change child protection balance

The appeal relating to the clumsy, US spawned Operation Ore investigation into Internet child pornography is due to start on 11th November. Those affected are seeking to prove that they were in fact victims of credit card fraud and did not access child pornography on the Internet. It is understandable therefore that many people, child…

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Prisoners win right to vote as Cameron recognises EU Law

Prisoners win right to vote as Cameron recognises EU Law

The BBC are reporting that David Cameron has reluctantly accepted that the UK can no longer break the Law by continuing to deny prisoners the vote. The UK was in breach of a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights made some five years ago. An announcement is expected later this week. The news…

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