David Cameron’s ‘new’ law-and-order policy has failed many times before
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Almost all community sentences will involve an element of punishment, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.
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High-tech ankle tags will be used to track offenders and almost all community sentences will include some form of punishment, the Justice Secretary said today.
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Access to the GPS data will allow probation officers to follow the movements of those who have been tagged.
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Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, has put on hold a key crime and courts bill in order to “put some bite” into his predecessor Ken Clarke’s proposals to reform community punishments.
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Had ministers let probation officers monitor offenders rather than signing contracts with private-sector firms, the money saved could have been used to recruit an extra 1,200 police officers, Policy Exchange said.
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Nearly £1bn has been spent on the electronic tagging of criminals over the past 13 years with little effect on cutting offending rates, offering little value for money and serving only to enrich two or three private security companies, one of which is G4S, a senior police officer has claimed.
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I grew up in Bangor, a small city in north-west Wales. It’s set in the seemingly infinite landscapes of Snowdonia national park, so it’s a godsend for weed-smoking students and outdoorsy types. But for its native teenagers, it’s boring. Venturing outside the town requires parental help, and there are no youth clubs (well, none that I knew of). The life of a Bangor teenager is defined by loitering, time-wasting and getting wearily turned away from the local pubs you might dare to try to enter. My brother and his friends, having the temerity to socialise in sportswear, spent most Saturdays getting moved on by police from one end of the high street to the other.
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More than half of electronically tagged criminals are breaking the terms of their curfews, raising questions about the effectiveness of one of the central planks of the Government’s criminal justice agenda. A report by the Inspectorate of Probation has found that 59 per cent of tagged offenders spent more than four hours away from home without authorisation.
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More than 50% of offenders ordered to wear electronic tags break the rules of their court-imposed curfews, a review of the use of tagging has found.
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Ministers will “look very seriously” at a report that suggests more than half of criminals wearing electronic tags break curfews, the home secretary says.
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