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NCJ Number: 123221 Find in a Library
Title: Penal Policy File No. 36
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:29  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1990)  Pages:42-51
Author(s): N Fielding; T Fowles
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 10
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This document includes updates on pre-trial matters, offense and court statistics, drugs, and prison news and inspections in Great Britain.
Abstract: Efficiency in police work is emphasized, including the introduction of administrative support units and a "war on paperwork." The Right of Silence Working Party Report recommended that a suspect's silence under questioning be used to weaken defense, but that prosecution still have the burden of making its case with other evidence. The number of juveniles sent to custody was halved during an experiment of intermediate treatment, and there was a substantial increase in the number and weight of cannabis seizures which accounted largely for the highest ever levels of controlled drug seizures and offenders being recorded last year. Race-related training has been recommended for magistrates in order to promote nondiscriminatory practices and to add public confidence to the decisions made in magistrates' courts. A high rate of young adult suicide at Leeds prison prompted recommendations of a more flexible approach to bail accommodation and an effort to avoid sending young people into custody on remand.
Main Term(s): Foreign criminal justice systems
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Foreign courts; United Kingdom (UK)
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