Thursday, 20 December 2012

Stephen Metcalfe MP: New community sentences will give victims a voice

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice
hearing about anti-social behaviour
 from local residents in Felmores in the run up to
the General Election in 2010
Victims of anti-social behaviour in South Basildon and East Thurrock will be given their say on out-of-court punishment of offenders under new powers announced by the Home Office last week.

The new’ Community Remedy’ will put the public in the driving seat by giving victims of crime the chance to choose from a list of punishment options, agreed with their local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Stephen Metcalfe MP commented: “Victims of anti-social behaviour can feel powerless but these tough new community sentences will give victims their voice.”

“Under the Community Remedy the punishment could be restorative or punitive, carried out nearby or as far away as possible but all will have one thing in common: they will be chosen by the victim.”

“I know local people want to see tough and fair punishments. These new sentences will mean just that.”