A new report by Rob Allen, published by the Criminal Justice Alliance, not only reminds us that England and Wales has the dubious accolade of locking up more people per head of population than any other country in Western Europe, but that we are now falling even further behind in tackling high prison levels.
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Personal budgets such as those used in the social care sector could give ex-offenders the independence they need to create a life beyond prison.
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CRIME in Bristol has fallen to an all-time low.
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One in three offenders put before the courts, including sex offenders, drug dealers and violent thugs, have at least 15 previous crimes to their name, figures revealed.
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Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has blamed the popular press for putting thousands of criminals in jail who do not need to be there.
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A record number of offenders sentenced for serious crimes had committed previous offences, according to figures for 2011.
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The shape of the youth offending service is changing as it tackles deep spending cuts from both councils and the Youth Justice Board, its main sources of funding. Last year the annual grant paid to youth offending teams was slashed by almost 20%, and the board has just confirmed that another 7% will be shaved off this year’s award.
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What does a modern effective probation service look like? This is the question being asked by a Ministry of Justice consultation paper. If adopted, government proposals would result in arguably the most significant changes to the probation service since the 1925 Criminal Justice Act established probation committees and the appointment of probation officers became a requirement of the courts.
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Plans for new measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in England and Wales, including new orders to replace Asbos, are due to be set out by the government.
The plans are expected to include a new “community trigger”, which would force the police, councils and other agencies to act if they receive several complaints about an incident.
The idea for a “trigger” follows a number of high-profile cases, including that of Fiona Pilkington who killed herself and her disabled daughter in 2007 following a decade of abuse.
Home Secretary Theresa May explained the changes to BBC Breakfast.
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Tensions within the coalition are believed to have delayed the introduction of a more “punitive” regime to tackle antisocial behaviour and replace Labour’s discredited asbos.
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Justice schemes are being unveiled in Bradford tomorrow to tackle Anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.
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