Police forces across England & Wales are preparing for a rollout of 'Body-worn Cameras', and the government has announced that prison officers will shortly be assisted by this new technology.  Greater Manchester Police have already been routinely using them for sometime.

For all offenders, a prison sentence is a grim reality, a punishment that must be served, often impacting not only on a single individual but in many cases their family.

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So, when the day of release comes, it is a significant moment, the door on punishment closed and a time to draw a line under the past and move on. But, for many offenders, the release from custody comes with conditions, under the guise of license terms that must be abided by, with the threat of a return to prison if not adhered to in full.

The government has announced changes to the release license regime that come into effect on 13th November 2017.

What is the 'Sex Offender Register'?books

There isn't an actual register, and the phrase refers to notification requirements imposed on some offenders convicted of sexual offences. Over 50,000 individuals are currently subject to notification requirements.

The duration of the notification obligation depends on the sentencing disposal and the age of the offender. 

Many people convicted before Magistrates feel aggrieved at the outcome, and wish to consider an appeal. istock 000006661276xsmall 1

A grievance may arise because they think that their case was not prepared correctly, or that the court reached the wrong result.

For many people, a conviction could be a major barrier to employment or travel overseas, even where the offence itself is relatively minor.

The court process is far from perfect. If you have a grievance, it is only right and proper that you consider your options.

So, what can I do about it?


The government is planning to introduce legislation which will increase the maximum custodial sentence for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The current limit is six months’ imprisonment, but the new proposals would raise it to five years. This would bring England and Wales into line with other countries’ policies on animal cruelty and correct an issue of proportionality in relation to penalties available for other offences.

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