In the Media

An innocent objection to reduced sentences

PUBLISHED September 28, 2004

This week, a debate has raged about the draft plans of the Sentencing Guidelines Council, chaired by the lord chief justice, Lord Woolf, to reduce the prison sentences of murderers if they show 'absolute candour' and enter early guilty pleas...

But, what has not been thought about is how the planned reforms might affect the innocent who have already had a whole raft of safeguards against wrongful convictions wiped out by the 2003 Criminal Justice Act.