Teenage yob taunts court over jail term – Yorkshire Post

Teenage yob taunts court over jail term – Yorkshire Post

Roma Hooper, founder and director of Make Justice work has been quoted in the Yorkshire Post.
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Roma’s letter in the Guardian

Roma’s letter in the Guardian

Founder and Director of Make Justice Work, Roma Hooper, had a letter published in the Guardian today.

“A coherent and sensible approach to sentencing those guilty of drug offences is welcome (Report, 24 January). But our justice system also needs to realise that so much low-level crime is committed by offenders with drug problems. Too often they are given costly and ineffective short prison sentences which do nothing to address the causes of their behaviour. Effective community sentences, which can combine punishment with services such as drug treatment, are cheaper to deliver and more effective at addressing reoffending. Only then will there be fewer victims and less crime” – Roma Hooper.

Read the full article at: The Guardian »

Roma’s letter on prison over-crowding – The Independent

Roma’s letter on prison over-crowding – The Independent

The evidence is that intensive community sentences reduce reoffending more than short jail sentences. An offender can spend three months doing nothing in prison and cost us £11,000 while for half that they could be on a year-long intensive sentence that forces them to address why they committed the crime. Read more

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Man burgling hours after prison release – Blackpool Gazette

Man burgling hours after prison release – Blackpool Gazette

The Blackpool Gazette has reported a SERIAL burglar who broke into a Blackpool home just hours after he was released from prison has been jailed for two years.
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Community or Custody? How best do we deliver justice – by Javed Khan in Left Foot Forward

Community or Custody? How best do we deliver justice – by Javed Khan in Left Foot Forward

Everyday at Victim Support we see the impact of crime on people’s lives and its corrosive effect on communities. Being a victim of crime can be traumatic and many of the people we help to find the strength to move on feel angry, fearful and question, “why me?”
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Roma writes about Make Justice Work

Roma writes about Make Justice Work

Prison is the only justifiable punishment for certain crimes. Serious, violent criminals must be kept behind bars and off our streets so that the public is protected and justice is delivered. That isn’t controversial.
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Read the full article at: Progress Online »

A real opportunity to Make Justice Work

A real opportunity to Make Justice Work

One of the highlights of conference for me was the breakfast roundtable organised by Make Justice Work. As conference goers and fringe organisers will know, getting one MP along is a challenge, managing to attract three must be close to a record! So it was a demonstration of the commitment our party has to reforming the criminal justice system that Justice minister Tom McNally, chair of the Justice Select Committee Alan Beith and member of the Home Affairs Select Committee Julian Huppert, all attended.
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Read the full article at: Liberal Democrat Voice »

Never forget the victims of the August riots

Never forget the victims of the August riots

Op Ed column about our ‘Community or Custody?’ National Enquiry report by Anushka Asthana, political correspondent for the Times.
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Community Sentences are no soft option – Law Society Gazette

Community Sentences are no soft option – Law Society Gazette

Make Justice work have appeared in the Law Society Gazette
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Community or Custody? Why probation can be tougher than incarceration – Wall Street Journal

Community or Custody? Why probation can be tougher than incarceration – Wall Street Journal

A very interesting blog picked up by the Wall Street Journal about the penal system in the USA.
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