Labor will unveil its commitment to create a system of ‘Community and Victim Reimbursement Boards’ (CVPB) with the aim of increasing community and victim involvement in sentencing, reducing anti-social behavior and stop more serious offences.
Commenting on the proposal, which is expected to be announced on Monday ahead of next month’s local elections, Keir Starmer criticized the Tories’ record on crime and justice and promised his party would “put communities and victims at the heart of how whose offenders repay society”.
“After 12 years of Conservative government, which has seen record delays in criminal cases, police officers disappearing from our streets, police station closures and judicial liquidations, communities do not believe that the criminal justice system protects their crime communities,” the Labor leader said.
“Community payback can prevent more serious recidivism, but judges have stopped handing it out because this crime-lenient Conservative government can’t be trusted to make sure offenders pay back for their crimes.” »
Under these plans, Labor said locally appointed CVPBs would operate through Community Safety Partnerships or other existing infrastructure at no additional cost, creating a “new level of involvement of community leaders and victims. of criminal acts in deciding what unpaid work offenders should undertake”.
The opposition party hopes plans to ‘crack down on low-level crime’ will ‘rebuild communities’ trust in the criminal justice system’ with CVPBs issuing ‘community and victim reimbursement orders’. which would be ranked by severity to reflect the judgment rendered in each case.
Data will be released locally, detailing the nature of offenders and the unpaid work they have been ordered to do, so communities and victims can see that justice is being served and offenders are paying back for their crimes.
Today’s announcement is part of Labour’s local election ‘crackdown on community crime’, ahead of local elections in parts of England, Scotland and Wales on the 5th may. The party is committed to:
- “Get offenders to repay the communities they have harmed with new community and victim restitution orders. Local people and victims will have a say in how offenders repay through a new community and victim order;
- “Set up new police hubs in our cities to put the police back on the streets. We will give residents direct access to share their concerns and secure their communities. This will be paid for by transferring taxpayers’ money from Boris Johnson’s £250million yacht; and
- “Create new ‘neighborhood prevention teams’ bringing together police officers, community support workers, youth workers and council staff to tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour.” »
Starmer urged voters to ‘send Conservatives a message they can’t ignore’ about the rapidly rising cost of living by voting for his party in the upcoming election in May, as the Opposition Leader launched Labour’s campaign in Bury last month.
Labor recently won a new MP for Bury South, defector Christian Wakeford, and the party hopes to win back the other parliamentary constituency, Bury North, which the Conservatives won in 2019 by a margin of just 105 votes.
The Labor leader took advantage of a speech delivered in Birmingham earlier this year to outline his proposal for a new “contract with the British people”, based on three principles: “security”, “prosperity” and “respect”.
“The first duty of a government is the security of its citizens. I was once the chief prosecutor in this country. Crime and anti-social behavior are issues close to my personal heart. I’ve seen too many victims of crime, most of them not well off at all, not to know that safety is a matter of social justice,” Starmer said.
“That’s why the Labor Party will provide crime prevention teams in every ward. New police centers will be visible in each community. We will introduce a tough new approach to shutting down drug dens with new powers for local police and local authorities.
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