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24 January 2012

Justice Bill – an opportunity to get to grips with a distorted system

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill presents an opportunity to get to grips with a distorted, often ineffective, system which places too much store on what imprisonment can achieve.

With government amendments to reform indeterminate sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPPs), the Bill contains many important features of the Green Paper. It has, however, lost some of its clarity of purpose. PRT published a briefing for the House of Lords second reading which propose amendments to strengthen the Bill and help create a fairer and more effective justice system.

A copy of the briefing can be viewed by clicking here.

You can also download Prison Reform Trust’s detailed response to the justice green paper.