Court of Appeal ruling on sentencing 18 year olds
The Court of Appeal reduced the sentence of an 18 year old on the basis that not enough weight had been given to the features of the his youth, his immaturity and his lack of appreciation of the seriousness of his offending and the harm it caused.
Protocol on reducing the criminalisation of looked after children
The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department of Education have published a national protocol on reducing unnecessary criminalisation of looked after children and care leavers.
Law Commission draft Sentencing Code and Report published
The Law Commission have published a draft Sentencing Code alongside an accompanying report. The Sentencing Code is intended to be a single statute which contains all of the law on sentencing procedure by consolidating the existing legislation.
ICO finds Gangs Matrix breached Data Protection Laws
The information commissioner's office conducted an investigation and found that the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of the Gangs Matrix led to multiple and serious breaches of data protection laws.
New sentencing guideline for breach of a criminal behaviour order
The Sentencing Council have published a new sentencing guideline for breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order, effective from 1 October 2018.
Child Spies being used to gather intelligence on county lines gangs
The legal basis for the use of child spies can be found in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000, which allows authorised bodies including the police, the secret services and local authorities to gather information from individuals who act as Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHISes).
Howard League calls for sentencing guidelines for young adults – a new report
The Howard League for Penal Reform have published a report which concludes that formal sentencing principles for 18 - 25 year olds, similar to the Sentencing Council guidelines that are in place for children, would assist the courts and improve sentencing outcomes.
Updated Home Office Guidance on Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines
This is revised guidance aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults.
Report on how the UK’s cannabis policies are affecting young people
Volteface, a think tank which looks at alternatives to current drug policies in the UK, have published a report on how effectively the UK’s cannabis policies are safeguarding young people from harm including from a criminal justice perspective.