Commissioner launches new justice scheme

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WHAT kind of punishment should first-time offenders get for minor crimes?

That is the question being asked by Simon Hayes, Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner.

It comes as the force is poised to introduce a community remedy scheme, which is aimed at providing out-of-court settlements for crimes like criminal damage, low-value theft, minor assaults without injury, and anti-social behaviour.

Victims of crimes will be able to choose an appropriate sanction from a ‘menu’ of community remedies.

Mr Hayes said: ‘It is my responsibility to consult with the public on what punishments should be used for out-of-court disposals.

‘I therefore invite the public to share their views with me through this survey.

‘This new government legislation fits well with my Police and Crime Plan, where I pledged to address the impact of anti-social behaviour within our communities by working in partnership to reduce it.

‘Under community remedy and with the public’s feedback, I will develop with the chief constable a community remedy menu that is victim-focused and reflects the wishes of local people, that is practical, effective and appropriate.’

The scheme wants to provide more rapid justice for victims.

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The consultation runs until September 14.


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