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Posted by edelegal | 22 July 2019| Blog

Recently the government announced incentives for prisoners in custody focussing on positive reinforcements. In doing so, the longer-term aim is to assist rehabilitation and prevent re-offending.   A further announcement has been made on the same theme, and this is to assist ex-offenders in obtaining employment by removing the barriers once they have left prison....

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Posted by edelegal | 17 July 2019| Blog

Over the next six months, benefits and incentives for prisoners are undergoing a change.   New rules place emphasis on positive reinforcements – praising prisoners for behaving well – rather than punishment.   The new Policy sets out the rules and guidelines for Governors and Directors of prisons but leaves a lot of freedom for...

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Posted by edelegal | 16 July 2019| Blog

Over the last few years, we have seen many matters that would previously have been prosecuted before the criminal courts, move into the jurisdiction of other bodies.   What we see as a result is a range of specialist regulators best placed to react to perceived industry failings, and if necessary, meet out swift and...

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Posted by edelegal | 11 July 2019| Blog

We have all read newspaper articles reporting that a drug dealer or fraudster made hundreds of thousands from their offending but was ordered to pay back a much smaller amount. That is not always the end of the matter.   What are the proceeds of crime?   If a defendant is determined to have had...

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Posted by edelegal | 08 July 2019| Blog

You have been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit, your appeals are exhausted, and you serve time in prison. Part way through, you’re eligible for parole. You hope finally to get out and put this behind you.   The parole board give you their decision, but parole is refused, seemingly because you refuse to...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 July 2019| Blog

Recently, three men from Halifax were convicted after one of them was found to have run a company whilst disqualified. The other two were convicted of assisting him.   If you’re thinking of trying to evade a director’s ban, be aware that it can lead to a criminal conviction and even prison.   Why was...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 July 2019| Blog

The press has recently reported that children who were victims of serious sexual abuse have received paltry sums, £20 for example, as compensation from the courts.   So, what exactly is a criminal compensation order?   The court has a duty to consider making a compensation order in any case where personal injury, loss, or...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 July 2019| Blog

Today the Sentencing Council published new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage of all kinds, as well as threats to destroy property. There were existing guidelines, but they were thought to be very limited and only covered the Magistrates Court, there were no guidelines for the Crown Court, which deals with the more serious offences....

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Posted by edelegal | 21 June 2019| Blog

Prison is supposed to be hard. It is, after all, a punishment. But it’s also designed to help people address their behaviour and stop them re-offending. When imprisonment leads to more offending, it isn’t working.   The specific problems faced by women have been highlighted recently by the Farmer Review for Women. Lord Farmer hopes...

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Posted by edelegal | 19 June 2019| Blog

Justice, the renowned human rights organisation, has published a significant report that examines the prosecution of sexual offences, and in some areas calls for a radical overhaul.   Among the authors of the report is Judge Peter Rook QC, a senior Judge at the Central Criminal Court (‘Old Bailey’) and considered an expert authority on...

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