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Government should respect sentencing advice


Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Tags: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Justice

That the House notes:

1. The Final Report into Sex Offence Sentencing released by the Sentencing Advisory Council on 9 September 2015 and the fifteen recommendations made in that report.

2. That, after three years of work, the publication of one interim research paper and one interim consultation paper, the gathering of sentencing data and public submissions, the Final Report recommends that the Government does not introduce mandatory sentences for sex offences and that this recommendation is based on the evidence, as cited by the Council, that mandatory sentences do not deter crime, do not reduce crime rates, increase the number of not guilty pleas, increase the number of trials and therefore increase potential for re-traumatisation of victims during the court process.

3. Calls on the government to commit to responding in full to each of the fifteen recommendations from the Sentencing Advisory Council before embarking on legislative reform in this area of sentencing.