With Matt Baggott, the outgoing Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, today arguing that the force should no longer be responsible for investigating deaths during the Northern Ireland civil conflict, Maurice Punch, Visiting Professor at King's College London and the London School of Economics, discusses the prospects for an amnesty.
UK Justice Policy Review
A new report out today from the House of Commons Justice Committee has called on the government to 'question whether taxpayers’ money is used in ways most likely to reduce future crime and victimisation, including evaluating that spent on custodial sentencing, and develop a longer-term strategy for the use of resources in this manner'.
Today's announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May that the Police Federation will no longer receive public funds has attracted much attention.
In her speech to the Federation Mrs May also listed a series of scandals that have made it 'a time of great difficulty for policing':
A senior officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected Sinn Féin claims of a 'dark side' at work in the force.
Chief Superintendant Nigel Grimshaw said that officers in the force should investigate allegations of crime 'without fear or favour'.
The allegations follows the arrest and subsequent release of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams as part of the investigation into the murder of Jean McConville.
The Guardian reports on a written submission to MPs by the Judicial Executive Board, which blames legal aid cuts for outbreaks of courtoom violence.
The Board, made up of the most senior judges in England and Wales, highlights an increase in the number of 'litigants in person' – individuals appearing in court with no legal representation – due to legal aid cuts. In its submission the Board writes:
Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College London, gives a cautious welcome to the Home Secretary's proposals to reform stop and search.
In a further sign of a punitive turn in employment policy, The Times reports (subscription required) that the long-term unemployed could soon find themselves working alongside those on court-ordered community punishments.
Writing last month on this site, Professor Tim Hope observed that the most surprising thing about the realisation that the police manipulate crime statistics is that it should have come as any surprise at all.