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Criminal Justice Bill
AIM
A bill will be brought forward for the next stage of reform of the criminal justice system, giving the police and probation services new powers to protect the public from violent offenders and anti-social behaviour
Extract from the Queen's speech
The government wants to ensure that the needs of the victim are given greater consideration in the criminal justice system.

This bill aims to protect the public by returning offenders back to prison upon any breaches of their release licence.

It will also introduce new measures of victim compensation.

MAIN PROVISIONS
TIMETABLE
Responsible department: Home Office
Origin: Commons
  • Toughen up trial processes when an offender fails to appear in court without good reason
  • Create new powers to tackle anti-social and violent behaviour and a new offence to deal with violent pornography
  • Introduce a generic community sentence for young offenders
  • Make sentencing processes clearer and address in-balances in the process for overturning convictions and releasing offenders
  • Bring compensation for those wrongly convicted into line with that paid to victims of crime

    BACKGROUND
    Many of the ideas in the bill are included in the Home Office paper 'Rebalancing the criminal justice system', published in July 2006.

    These measures are described in the Queen's Speech as being able to set a clear direction for a system of 'smarter justice', that allows greater opportunity for concerns of the law-abiding public in the criminal justice services they receive.

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