Louise Casey, Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, has welcomed the Government's response to its 'Breaking the Cycle' Green Paper'
The Commissioner is pleased that the Justice Secretary has listened to victims and decided that there will be no increase in sentence reduction for guilty pleas.
The Government is also right to review indeterminate sentences and bring forward plans to make prisons places of real hard work and reform.
Louise Casey, Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, said:
'I welcome the government’s response to the Green Paper consultation. As Victims’ Commissioner, the Justice Secretary asked me to listen to what victims and witnesses had to say on the proposals. I am pleased he listened to both the welcome that victims gave to some of the proposals and also the very real concerns that victims had on others.
'It is therefore extremely positive that the toughening up of community sentences will proceed, something that we very much support and that there will be no increase in sentence reduction for guilty pleas – something that victims were particularly concerned about.
'The Government is also right to review indeterminate sentences. These often leave victims in a horrible situation of not knowing when a criminal may be released from prison and I welcome the plans to seek tougher determinant sentences – including the greater use of mandatory life sentences in the most serious cases. I will be delighted to offer my help in this review.
'I'm particularly pleased with the emphasis that has been given to making prisons places of real hard work and reform, and that prisoners will pay to support victims from their earnings. This is the kind of common sense change that victims, and I believe the public, have a real appetite for.'
The Commissioner responded to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on the reform of the Criminal Justice System in March.