Criminals are to be banned from making claims for injuries from a special fund set up to help victims of crime, according to the Guardian. Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, is expected to tell MPs that he will prevent prisoners from making claims from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
The proposals were trailed HERE in the Independent.
You can read Andy Henley on the proposals HERE.
‘If this proposal is genuine and ends up being implemented we will have severely undermined the basic principles of fairness and equality before the law. Furthermore, such policies bring into question the very nature of the relationship between the state and those whom it incarcerates.’ Andy Henley
According to the government, some 20,000 people with criminal records have been paid more than £75m in the past 10 years from the scheme.
Author: Jon Robins
Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon’s books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council’s journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year’s Criminal Justice Alliance’s journalism award