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Ken Clarke attacked by Tory Right as Conservatives fail again on Sentencing Reform

According to the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Sun, the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has got it all wrong and is ‘soft on crime’. With headlines quoting a ‘charter for criminals’, ‘get out of jail free’ and all the other cheap, thick nonsense spread all over their various front pages, they have made it…

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Assange endures ‘Dickensian’ Wandsworth prison and its appalling regime despite bail

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange has been granted bail but remains in the ‘Dickensian ‘ conditions of Wandsworth jail. As soon as the district judge came down in favour of Assange, the authorities, even given the weak case they have, went looking for an appeal. They could simply not abide the thought of losing.…

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Cameron the Coward – weak Prime Minister gives in to the Sun on sentencing

TheOpinionSite.org regrets to inform its many visitors that just a day after the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke announced he would review the politically influenced minimum sentences for murder, a weak David Cameron caved in to the Sun and other tabloids and announced that any reforms will be ‘tiny’. He has run away at the first…

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IPP Sentence Review – consultation process now open

(Use the search box to the left for updates and much more on IPP sentences or click here for more information) After the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke unveiled his Green Paper on Sentencing and Prison Policy this week, we are all left wondering what, if any changes will be made to the current system, particularly…

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Move to Abolish US Sex Offender Register – petition gets underway

TheOpinionSite.org reports that a petition has been launched in the United States to put an end to the Sex Offender Register (SOR) in America, a move that many believe should be emulated here in the UK. The British SOR came about as a result of successive governments seeking to copy the US in its vindictive…

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Sentencing Review Green Paper to bring radical prison reform, Clarke says

Kenneth Clarke finally unveiled his Green Paper on Sentencing Review and Prison Policy yesterday, later than expected. Tory right wing MPs started moaning immediately, while Clarke’s supporters were cautious in their remarks. It was made very clear that this is a consultation document and that views and opinions from all sides would be listened to.…

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Operation Ore Appeal Fails – Court fails to hear evidence

Operation Ore Appeal Fails – Court fails to hear evidence

The long awaited Operation Ore appeal has failed in what sounds like a politically motivated attempt to save the Police, CEOP and the Crown Prosecution Service from accute embarrassment. In a frightening echo of the infamous Lord Denning when he rejected the appeal of the Birmingham Six, the judge in this appeal said, “We have…

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Criminal Record Bureau – CRB checks promoting unemployment

Britain’s  obsession with sex offenders and criminals in general is adding to the number of people who are unemployed and is driving low level crime. People released from jail, especially those convicted of serious offences are finding it impossible to secure employment as employers become more and more frightened of taking on those with a…

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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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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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