Lib Dem Manifesto p.74 “We will make prisoners work and contribute from their prison wages to a compensation fund for victims”
The government’s sentencing green paper included proposals for ‘working prisons’ to get prisoners used to working regular hours, and to contribute toward financial reparations for victims
Lib Dem Manifesto p.75 “We will give people a direct say in how petty criminals and those who engage in anti-social behaviour are punished by setting up Neighbourhood Justice Panels”
The sentencing green paper also included proposals for increasing the opportunities for communities to become involved in local justice through Neighbourhood Justice Panels
Lib Dem Manifesto p.75 “Champion restorative justice programmes which make offenders confront their behaviour and are more successful at reducing crime”
The sentencing green paper also includes proposals to make more use of restorative justice as a more effective punishment
Lib Dem Manifesto p.74 “Move offenders who are drug addicts or mentally ill into more appropriate secure accommodation.”
As of June 2011 we will pilot drug recovery wings in prisons, reviewing this in June 2012 with a view to working with the Department of Health to roll it out more widely.
The sentencing green paper proposes to pilot and roll out liaison and diversion services nationally by 2014 for mentally ill offenders, and increase the treatment capacity for offenders who present a high risk of
harm where this is linked to a severe personality disorder.
Lib Dem Manifesto p.73 “Require better recording of hate crime against disabled,
homosexual and transgender people.”
In December 2010 I launched the government’s new equalities strategy, which includes a commitment to promote better recording of, and response to, hate crimes.