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BBC: Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

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Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime

  • 11 August 2019
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The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime.

It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of the most dangerous and prolific offenders.

He said dangerous criminals must be taken off the streets and punishments "fit the crime" if the public was to have confidence in the justice system.

The news fuels speculation ministers are preparing for an early election.

On Sunday the prime minister promised to create an extra 10,000 new prison places and expand stop-and-search powers.

And on Monday Mr Johnson will host a round-table meeting in Downing Street with leaders from the police, probation and prison sectors.

Ahead of the meeting Mr Johnson said: "We have all seen examples of rapists and murderers let out too soon or people offending again as soon as they're released.

"This ends now. We want them caught, locked up, punished and properly rehabilitated."

The review, which will begin immediately, will look at whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that reflect the severity of their crimes.

It will report back in the autumn.

More jail time

Under the current system, criminals sentenced to 12 months or more serve the first half of their time in prison and the second half "on licence" in the community, where they may be subject to recall.

The review will consider whether the law needs to be changed so offenders spend more time in jail.

The government's focus on law and order will add to speculation that No 10 is preparing for an autumn general election, said BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake.

Downing Street said the extra £85m for the CPS - which prosecutes criminal cases in England and Wales - will help staff respond to the rise in violent crime and an "explosion of digital evidence".

Director of public prosecutions Max Hill QC said the money came at a "crucial time" for criminal justice.

In 2018-19 the CPS received £528m in government funding, according to its annual report.

The extra £85m will be paid for by the Treasury, a No 10 spokeswoman told the BBC.

Mr Hill said: "Our work is changing, and this new funding will provide the increased capacity to enable us to respond effectively to challenging trends we currently face."

A spokesman from the CPS said the money would also help deal with the higher caseload they were anticipating as a result of Mr Johnson's plan to recruit 20,000 more police officers.

Opposition parties warned there was no easy fix for the current rise in violent crime.

Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse said increasing prison sentences would merely "overcrowd prisons and waste millions of pounds".

She said: "For years, Labour and Tory ministers have made sentences longer and longer, without any evidence that they prevent crime.

"It may sound tough, but it hasn't made our communities any safer."

And Labour's shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, said increasing the number of stop-and-searches was a "recipe for unrest".

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SgtGolden

The CPS has lost a lot of funding over the years and anything that can be given will be helpful. This £85 million will be nothing compared to what has been cut but it's still better than nothing. I like how the Tories have found their magic money tree. Nice work. 🙄

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gallifrey

Well I suppose there will be a lot more jobs that will need to be no further actioned by them on dubious grounds 🤔

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Fedster

Various departments and organisations under the Johnson Government are getting millions upon millions of cash injections, that’s all well and good, but surely it is short term gain for long term pain? Where is the money coming from? I thought our previous PM said “ we need to make cuts, cuts and more cuts” ?

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29 minutes ago, Fedster said:

Various departments and organisations under the Johnson Government are getting millions upon millions of cash injections, that’s all well and good, but surely it is short term gain for long term pain? Where is the money coming from? I thought our previous PM said “ we need to make cuts, cuts and more cuts” ?

When it suits their agenda you can guarantee they will always find the money. Likewise when it suits their agenda to cut finances look at the wreckage of what was the finest police service in the world. 

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8 hours ago, Fedster said:

Where is the money coming from? I thought our previous PM said “ we need to make cuts, cuts and more cuts” ?

I've said for years that there might well have been a financial crisis, but that billions of cuts were Tory ideology, helped by their hatred of public services.

Things have stabilised, we are led to believe, with the previous PM actually having stated that 'austerity is over'.

Besides, something had to be done. Things cannot carry on as they are, something has to be done. It is now being done, snd presumably against the liberal crowd wringing their hands who strive to avoid criminalising anyone who then are secure in the belief they can get away with anything, because they can.

Now that something is being done, who in their right mind is going to argue against it?

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2 hours ago, David said:

I've said for years that there might well have been a financial crisis, but that billions of cuts were Tory ideology, helped by their hatred of public services.

Things have stabilised, we are led to believe, with the previous PM actually having stated that 'austerity is over'.

Besides, something had to be done. Things cannot carry on as they are, something has to be done. It is now being done, snd presumably against the liberal crowd wringing their hands who strive to avoid criminalising anyone who then are secure in the belief they can get away with anything, because they can.

Now that something is being done, who in their right mind is going to argue against it?

But we are jumping from 1 extreme to another, under May apparently we had no money and public services were effected dramatically, now with a new PM in post for a matter of a few weeks we suddenly have got 10s of millions of pounds available for the police, prison etc.

I am by no means an expert on the economics but is Sajid Javid simply finding all this money by borrowing more money which = a higher national debt, which over time will need to be reduced to bring us back to an even keel.

That is what I meant by short term gain followed by long term pain, Boris will get all the plaudits for funding key services but give it a few years and we will be back to square 1 because the countries finances will need to be brought back under control because Boris spent money that didn’t actually exist.

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David

Well OK - so what do we do?

Tackle things head on - and hopefully save millions in the longer term when criminals realise that crime doesn't pay - and let ordinary, decent citizens live a life where they can enjoy their own possessions and not go out for fear of being beaten, or just let things carry on getting worse when we all sit there wailing 'something needs to be done'?

We either criticise governments for finally taking the initiative, or we criticise them for not tackling the problem. Which is it we want?

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