Tougher offences to tackle crime and strong, new measures to cut re-offending were announced yesterday by David Hanson MP, Minister of Justice and Baroness Scotland, Home Office Minister for Crime Reduction.
David Hanson said:
"Today's bill builds on the considerable reforms to the Criminal Justice System over the past ten years to rebalance the system in favour of the victim and the law-abiding majority. Much has already been achieved in protecting the public, reducing re-offending, promoting and improving access to justice and increasing public confidence in the justice system.
"The public needs a justice system that serves them and today's bill is the next stage to reforming the criminal justice system so the public get the protection they deserve.
"We are introducing tougher offences to tackle crime, such as the measure that will allow NHS health bodies in England and Northern Ireland to tackle behaviour that causes a nuisance or disturbance on their premises and stronger, new measures to cut re-offending. We need to properly protect the public from serious and dangerous individuals and give the courts the tools to issue tough community
sentences to rehabilitate offenders and reduce re-offending and in doing so make best use of prison and resources."
Home Office Minister Baroness Scotland said:
"The legislation we have announced today shows that the Government is delivering on many of the pledges announced by the Home Secretary last year to rebalance the criminal justice system, protect the public and rebuild confidence in our immigration system.
"Measures in this bill make good the Government's commitment to change the law to deny leave to remain to foreign nationals involved in terrorism or serious crime while new powers will be created to protect the public from violent offenders who present a high risk of harm."
The bill will: