The right of the law abiding majority must be considered (reprised)

At the Conservative Party Conference earlier this year, the Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve announced his intention to allow the police to actively name and shame criminals in their local areas.

Wanted Poster At the time, Alex wrote a short piece entitled 'The right of the law abiding majority must be considered', in which he made the following assertion:

Those who will be affected most by this legislation are likely to have been convicted on multiple occasions and it is therefore wrong to describe this policy as outrageous or unjustified.
There have been many unjust incursions into our civil liberties in recent times, but this certainly isn't one of them.

Today we have been greeted with the news, as reported by the Telegraph, that:

Information on local offenders and their convictions will also only be online for a month and may not carry photographs after officers were told to consider any ""unjustifiably adverse effect" on the criminal.

Once again we are left wondering why the rights of the criminal are being placed before those of the victim and how this fits with the Government's 'Justice Seen, Justice Done campaign'.

The act of naming and shaming is among the most powerful tools in the police's armoury – far more powerful a deterrent than measures such as the ASBO or pathetic fining regime. It would be a shame to see the police handicapped by this latest measure.

By Dylan Sharpe

Posted by on Dec 3, 2009 in Home | 12 Comments