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NCJ Number: 136434 Find in a Library
Title: Detention at the Police Station Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Author(s): D Brown
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
Information Section
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 93
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-11-340908-7
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The provisions of Great Britain's Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) was designed to strike a more equal balance between police powers and protection for the arrested person. The operation of PACE during the period of detention at the police station is examined in detail.
Abstract: This report describes the flow of prisoners into the police station and contains information on the transfer of prisoners between stations. Another chapter is concerned with various issues related to legal advice and outside contact including the rate of requests for legal advice, failures to obtain advice or delays in receiving it, and the outcome of cases in which legal advice is given. Specific issues related to juvenile or ill prisoners are examined. The author looks at the investigation process during detention, presents data on the duration and frequency of questioning, and examines the demand for senior officers' authorities in serious cases. The outcome of detention and the length of time that those detained spend at the police station before and after being charged are analyzed. The author suggests that there are many resource implications arising from PACE; he recommends that future research focus on the variations between police stations in the implementation of detention procedures and the processes underlying these variations. 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Detention; Foreign laws
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Post-arrest procedures
Note: Home Office Research Study 104.
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