CRIME victims are being denied the truth about how long criminals will serve in prison, it was claimed last night.
Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove wants courts to give an accurate assessment and not the misleading “headline” sentence.
Baroness Newlove’s call for reform is in response to a consultation by the Government’s sentencing council[/caption]
She said crime victims were losing confidence in the criminal justice system because they were left in the dark.
Judges should provide free copies of the remarks they make when a criminal is jailed to explain the sentence and its length, she added.
She told The Daily Telegraph: “Where the offender is handed a determinate sentence many victims hear the ‘headline’ sentence.
“They do not appreciate that the offender is likely to be released either at a halfway point or two thirds point of the sentence.”
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Baroness Newlove said victims were feeling left in the dark, losing confidence in the criminal justice system[/caption]
Her call for reform forms part of her response to a consultation by the Government’s sentencing council.
A source said: “It is about managing expectations.“It’s bad enough when you get told that an offender has been released halfway through a sentence, or early.
“Victims can feel there is collusion between the criminal justice system and offender.”
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