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Criminal Justice Bill (2023)

This bill is one of three pieces of legislation announced in the King’s Speech focused on criminal justice. This briefing focuses on two of the bill’s provisions:

  • Clause 22: Powers to compel attendance at sentencing hearing
  • Clauses 25-29: Transfer of prisoners to foreign prisons

The bill presents an opportunity to place Alex Chalk’s welcome commitment to produce an annual statement on prison capacity on a statutory footing, as well as strengthen the role of the Sentencing Council to report independently on the impact of sentencing policy on prison demand and capacity.