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End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences?   The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prison's Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less.   Arguing for the need for reform,...

  Psychoactive Substances   New legislation was introduced in 2016 banning the production, sale, distribution and supply of psychoactive substances. Within that legislation was a requirement for the Government to review the law to measure any changes in outcomes before and after the law was introduced, to see...

  Enquiry Details: Feedback for Karen - thank you for your help your reputation is clearly deserved and without you I couldn’t have found an appropriate course of action so quickly. Thanks for all your help.     December 21, 2018 6:33 pm...

  Computer hacking   Hacking has been in the news a great deal in the last couple of years, for example, the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the extradition cases of Gary McKinnon and  Lauri Love in which I acted and the hacking of user accounts of various large...

Alexa – Witness for the Prosecution?     On 29th January 2017, Christine Sullivan and her housemate were found murdered in Farmington, New Hampshire, USA. Their bodies were discovered by the house owner, Dean Smoronk, who was Sullivan’s boyfriend.   Timothy Verrill, an associate of Smornok, was later charged with...

  Can I get a suspended prison sentence?   A suspended sentence is a term of imprisonment that is suspended so that you do not go into custody immediately and will not go into custody if you comply with the conditions attached.   Who can get a suspended sentence?   In the...

  Acid Attacks - New Laws in Force   After a recent spate of assaults involving the use of acids and other corrosive substances, the Government has acted to try and curb their use. At the present time around 15 offences per week involve the use of acid...

Assaults on Emergency Workers   Is there a specific offence?   Until now the only specific offence has been that of assaulting a police officer. This is a summary only offence which carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment.   There has always been an option to charge an offender with...

I have to give the police my phone PIN? The simple answer is no, but there are potential consequences in certain circumstances. When can they ask? It is arguable that the police could ask you whenever they wanted for your PIN, you can always say no. The critical...

Private Probation Providers Fail Offenders and Society   A few years ago, the National Probation Service was split into two. The existing service maintained its supervision of high-risk offenders, mainly those serving lengthy sentences or with complex rehabilitation needs, the remaining offenders, by far the vast majority,...