Prison for a day – the real issues continue to be ignored


By Lyndon Harris Last week we read that the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has promulgated a new approach to sentencing, based on an American model. Those of you who are not of tender years will recall another approach to sentencing we took from the Americans – […]

Knife crime sentencing – let’s cut the politics

Knife crime

By Lyndon Harris Chris Grayling announced an intention to amend the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to include a provision providing for a six-month minimum sentence for a second knife-related offence. This was met with opposition from Grayling’s Liberal coalition partners (more of which later). Sentencing has long been an area ripe for political point […]

Lee Rigby’s murderers – are whole life terms inevitable?

lee rigby murderer sentencing

By Elaine Freer Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby last year. Sentencing was adjourned, however, until such time as the domestic courts had ruled on the legality of the whole life tariff following the Strasbourg ruling in Vinter v UK.  The ECtHR held in Vinter that to impose a […]

Whole life appeal – not quite a “victory” over Strasbourg

whole life sentence appeal

By Lyndon Harris On 18 February 2014, a specially constituted five-judge Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) handed down its judgment in the latest (but not necessarily the last) round of the Westminster vs Strasbourg battle over whole life tariffs. Much has been written already about the effect of the judgment. Some of it of questionable […]