‘Potentially risky’ people being released after years on remand, watchdog warns – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2023 in dangerous offenders, news, prisons, probation, remand by sally

‘Potentially dangerous prisoners are spending years on remand before disappearing into the community after their release without being properly monitored, the prisons watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

Source: www.theguardian.com

Warnings over ‘inconsistent’ monitoring of criminals after release from jail – The Independent

Posted July 14th, 2022 in dangerous offenders, news, probation, reports by tracey

‘Dangerous criminals are being downgraded to the lowest level of monitoring from police and other bodies too quickly after being freed from jail, watchdogs have warned.’

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The Independent, 14th July 2022

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MP welcomes parole reforms after Pitchfork release – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2022 in child abuse, dangerous offenders, murder, news, parole, sexual offences by sally

‘An MP who campaigned against the release of double child killer Colin Pitchfork has welcomed “landmark” changes to the parole system.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2022

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Discretionary Life Sentences – Setting the minimum term – ½ or 2/3 of the notional determinate sentence – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in attorney general, dangerous offenders, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘James Wood QC discusses recent sentence appeals on minimum terms in discretionary life sentences. He assesses the likely impact of the recent statutory changes increasing the minimum term to be served by some prisoners serving determinate sentences from ½ to 2/3. He identifies prosecutorial appeals to increase minimum terms in discretionary life sentences by the Attorney General, and warns that the judicial and statutory drift appears to be towards a similar lengthening from ½ to 2/3 of the minimum term to be served by those sentenced to discretionary life sentences on grounds of dangerousness.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th February 2021

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Britain’s ‘most violent rapists’ should die in jail, court told – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2020 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘Two of Britain’s “worst and most violent rapists” should die in jail instead of facing potential release, a court has been told. The solicitor general for England and Wales told the Court of Appeal that rare whole life orders should be handed to Joseph McCann and Reynhard Sinaga.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2020

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Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘The work, which begins immediately, will focus on whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that truly reflect the severity of their crimes. It will consider whether changes in legislation are needed to lock criminals up for longer – by not letting them out automatically part-way through a sentence. It will also look at how to break the cycle of repeat offending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th August 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

John Worboys: Parole Board ‘miscalculated danger posed by rapist’ – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2018 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, sexual offences by sally

‘The Parole Board failed to take into account the full extent of John Worboys’ offending and therefore miscalculated the danger he still poses, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Corpse-sex threat prisoner Richard Ford ‘has very low IQ’ – BBC News

‘A prisoner who threatened to kill a number of people and have sex with their corpses is appealing against his 45-year sentence on the basis of his “extraordinarily low IQ”.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2018

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Ken Clarke: Change rules on ‘public danger’ prisoners – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2016 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, prisons, probation, rehabilitation, sentencing by tracey

‘Former justice secretary Ken Clarke says parole boards should have more power to free criminals jailed because they were a danger to the public. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “absurd” to keep prisoners in jail beyond their original terms.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Roberts (Mark) and others- WLR Daily

Regina v Roberts (Mark) and others [2016] EWCA Crim 71

‘In each of the 13 applications before the court, the applicants applied for an extension of time in which to apply for leave to appeal against sentences of imprisonment or detention for public protection (“IPP”)), imposed between 2005 and 2008 under the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Before the sentence of IPP was amended by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the court was required to make the assumption that an offender was dangerous if he had been convicted on an earlier occasion of a specified offence, unless it was unreasonable to do so. Where he was found to be dangerous, and over 18, the court was required to pass a sentence of IPP or life imprisonment; the 2003 Act removed all discretion from the court once it was found that the offender was dangerous. All the applicants had either been detained in custody long after the expiry of the minimum term or had been recalled for breach of licence. The applicants submitted (1) that whatever might have been the position at the time the sentences of IPP were passed, the Court of Appeal had power under section 11 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 to pass sentences that, in the light of what had happened over the intervening years, now would be the proper sentence; (2) the Court of Appeal should reconsider the assessments made by sentencing judges in the light of R v Lang [2005] EWCA Crim 2864; [2006] 1 WLR 2509, and (3) a time could and had been reached when the length of the imprisonment was so excessive and disproportionate compared to the index criminal offence that it could amount to inhuman treatment under article 3 or arbitrary detention under article 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. That was because the detention no longer had any meaningful link to the index offence. A much delayed review of a sentencing decision could therefore be a mechanism the court could employ to avoid a breach of those Convention Rights. As the period now served by each of the applicants was so much longer than any conceivable determinate sentence would have required, the continued detention amounted to preventative detention and was therefore arbitrary. ‘

WLR Daily, 18th March 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Number of most dangerous prisoners in special units doubles – report – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2015 in dangerous offenders, imprisonment, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘The number of the most dangerous male prisoners in England being held in a special “jail within a jail” system has doubled over the past decade, inspectors have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2015

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GPS tracking of offenders delayed by further 12 months – The Guardian

‘The introduction of the next generation of GPS tracking of offenders, including convicted paedophiles, has been delayed for at least another 12 months, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328; [2015] WLR (D) 157

‘In providing approved premises for women released from prison on licence, the Secretary of State for Justice had not discriminated directly under section 13 of the Equality Act 2010 or indirectly under section 19.’

WLR Daily, 31st March 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina v Burinskas; Regina v Phillips (Anthony); Regina v Ahmad (Goram Kamal); Regina v Hanson (John); Regina v Donegan (David); Regina v Smith (Paul Simon); Regina v Mathews (Michael Richard; Regina v Coleman (Barry Tyrone)

Posted March 7th, 2014 in dangerous offenders, sentencing by tracey

Regina v Burinskas; Regina v Phillips (Anthony); Regina v Ahmad (Goram Kamal); Regina v Hanson (John); Regina v Donegan (David); Regina v Smith (Paul Simon); Regina v Mathews (Michael Richard; Regina v Coleman (Barry Tyrone):[2014] EWCA Crim 334; [2014] WLR (D) 110

‘The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, gave guidance in respect of the effect of changes in the law upon the sentencing of dangerous offenders.’

WLR Daily, 4th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Lifers released on licence to kill again – Daily Telegraph

“Five murderers who were released on licence from their life sentences have killed again in the past four years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2013

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Murderers and other lifers on day release without adequate risk assessment, watchdogs warn – Daily Telegraph

“Murderers, rapists and other life prisoners are being allowed out on day release without being properly risk assessed, two watchdogs have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Should prison be reserved for dangerous criminals? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 26th, 2013 in dangerous offenders, detention, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“This month we saw eight-month sentences handed out to Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce for perverting the course of justice. Both had been warned to ‘be under no illusion as to the likely sentence’ – the judicial way of saying, ‘expect a custodial sentence’. Of course, the lawyers would tell you that this was inevitable as the courts treat such crimes severely.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd March 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Whole life prison terms upheld by Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2012 in appeals, dangerous offenders, early release, human rights, murder, news, prisons, rape by sally

“The Court of Appeal has upheld the principle of whole life sentences for the most dangerous of offenders, saying it does not breach human rights.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judges ruling on whole-life case – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2012 in appeals, dangerous offenders, early release, human rights, judges, murder, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“Five leading judges are to rule on appeals by four convicted criminals against their whole-life tariffs.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 – legislation.gov.uk

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk