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Decriminalise non-violent and non-serious offences

Comment 8th July 2010

Parliament should be the sole arbiter of what's deemed serious or violent, as these terms are too often misapplied. Convert all offences from criminal to civil offences provided they're neither violent nor serious, and if in doubt, place the onus on the CPS to make judgements in grey cases.

Why does this matter?

There are too many prisoners, too much Court time and Police time taken up with petty offenses because of Home Office targets (under Labour) and Labour's (and the EU's) profligate introduction of criminal laws. Tens of thousands are needlessly blighted by a criminal record for trivial offences which are permanently recorded, inhibiting employment and freedom to travel to travel to such places as the USA.

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