Crime and Criminal Justice Reform Bill: ChangelogAs amended
Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
of rehabilitation, non-serious crime and affirmative action
- Punishment is defined as rehabilitative if it involves
counselling sessions, educational workshops , drug rehabilitation and technical training
- Non-serious crime is defined as any crime that has led to
less than a one year prison sentenceor crimes related to narcotic possession, as defined in the 1971 narcotic act.
- Affirmative action as the appointment of individuals from minority ethnic groups to
make surea governmental agencyreflects the demographic makeup of the population at large.
2 Policing Reform
- Doubles the budget of the Independent of Office for Police Conduct from £72.5 million to £145 million, with an annual growth of 2% above inflation for each subsequent financial year.
Setsa target that the police should represent the demographic of the nation to within one percentage point by the year 2030, to be achieved by affirmative action in recruitment posts, to increase diversity and representation for the BAME community and other ethnic groups within policing. Undertakesa full review into deaths in custody, to be assisted by the Independent Office of Police Conduct, taking any historical cases to court if necessary and reviewing procedures to avoid them. Creates the Office for Community Outreach in Policing (OCOP), with a budget of £40 million per annuum, reviewed by the treasury, to improve links between the police and community
3 Sentencing and Criminal Justice Reform
- Formally encourages increased use of community service and other fors of rehabilitative punishment instead of custodial sentences.
- Increases the total budget for prisons from £3.2 billion by 4% in real terms over 4 years, reversing the cuts undertaken since 2010, but specifies that extra resources provided by Her Majesty’s Government should be invested in rehabilitation services, such as dealing with addiction or educational programmes designed to decrease the likelihood of re-offense, as well as remedying overcrowding problems.
- Increase policing budget by 2% each year in real terms, to reverse the 20% real terms cut in police staffing and to recruit more police officers from minority backgrounds under affirmative action schemes to diversify the force as well as to solidify mechanisms to prevent deaths in custody.
3 Amendments to the narcotics act
- Edits the 28th Provision of the 1971 Narcotics Act 3 to add a subclause C:
Shall not be given more than a suspended sentence if this is the first violation of the Narcotics act offense of the defendant on trial
- Edits the 2nd Provision of the Narcotics Act-
6) Any offense related to the possession of a cannabis-related offense shall not be punished with a criminal sentence, whilst retaining the class C classification, and shall be punished with time in rehabilitative services. Dealing or Cultivation shall still be punished as criminal offenses.
4 Sentencing and Criminal Justice Reform
- Creates the United Kingdom Social Service Improvement Fund, with an annulised budget of £1.5 billion, to provide grants to local councils for the improvement of social services, including drug rehabilitation centres for youth and adults, youth centres such as hostels and extracurricular activities, to give particular attention, care and focus to poorer communities with higher crime rates, as determined by the body.
- The funding of such group shall could under the perview of Her Majesty’s Treasury and regulated and overseen by that department, with an annual review into the progress of the project.
4 Extent, commencement, and short title
- This Act may be cited as the Crime and Criminal Justice Reform Act 2020
- This Act will commence upon royal assent.
- This Act applies to all of Great Britain and Northern Ireland