Monday, 3 October 2016

A Load Of Bails





September 30, 2016

The unintended consequences of bail reform

 "What of those simply released but still subject to investigation? The police must start with a presumption that all suspects can be treated in this way, so we must expect a great number of people will find themselves in this position.

They include those the police do not fear fleeing or committing other offences. And these are likely to be the people that would find the delay and lack of information most distressing – the elderly, children, those with clean records and the most to lose. I fear they will end up suffering more from delay and lack of information, than even those bailed under our present system." 

October 2016

 Bail reform could lead to ‘endless investigation’

"According to the report by the College of Policing, there is a danger of investigations ‘without deadlines’. It reported that the average length of time individuals spent on pre-charge bail, including extensions, was 53 days; and that more than four out of 10 of all cases involving violence and sexual offences (41%) were bailed for more than 28 days.

Time allowed for forensic analysis was one of the main reasons for long periods of pre-charge bail with phone downloads being the most frequent type. The study found that six out of 10 cases involving suspects who were bailed for more than 90 days involved some form of forensic analysis."

Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16 to 2016-17

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