Clarity on Suspended Sentences

Several offences, such as those involving offensive weapons and blades, have minimum sentencing provisions, resulting in imprisonment for at least six months for many offenders. A question arose as to whether such prison sentences could lawfully be suspended. In the case of Whyte Whyte [2018] EWCA Crim 2437 the court held: “Although section 189 of … Continued

Community payback

  The government has announced the recruitment of more than 500 staff to work in Community Payback. The aim is to be able to enable offenders to serve an extra 3 million hours of payback each year. The announcement isn’t clear on the reasoning behind the recruitment, whether there is a backlog that needs clearing, … Continued