Communities playing a greater role in hearings involving young first-time offenders could help to resolve trust issues in the criminal justice system, the Labour MP investigating potential racial bias has suggested.
Addressing the Royal Society of Arts in London yesterday in an event entitled 'Justice for all?', David Lammy said shared responsibility could help to tackle racial disparity and restore the criminal justice system's reputation. The system, he said, 'is conceived as a series of processes, with little sense or understanding of how well they work together or how they work for the communities they are supposed to serve'.
Please can this be the start of the, "this is a criminal investigation" phase of this tragedy. People need to go to prison (not a statement i often use!) to be held to account for their part in this entirely preventable fire.
Journey of an IPP
Powerful testimony... "I received an IPP with a four year tariff in 2006 for two offences of robbery, which meant I was among the first to receive that type of sentence.
On the day of sentencing I was told that I’d been given eight years, which turned out not to be true. I was totally unaware and with no information from my barrister that the judge had given me the IPP Sentence."
Children's social workers strike over 'poor pay and bullying'
I sense this may become a more common story as time progresses...