Well, I agree with some of her observations but not many of her conclusions. I refer to the the new report issued by Louise Casey into the judicial system in England and Wales.
She says that the public should be told more about criminals so they no longer feel "cut off" from the justice system in England and Wales. I agree. But I don’t want to know their life stories, I just want to know that justice is being done.
Casey’s review says the system is seen as "distant, unaccountable and unanswerable" – many do not know how to contact police in a non-emergency. Well, yes, but there are many who are very disappointed at the lack of response from the police IN an emergency. It is the effectiveness of the police that matters, period.
One idea she suggest is to make offenders serving community sentences more "visible". My problem is that I think community sentences are a waste of time. Whether they wear pink jumpsuits is beside the point. If they ARE going to do community services then by all means ensure they suffer indignity by the wearing of whatever.
Ms Casey also recommend many targets should be ditched with police focusing on the goal of making people feel safe. Not sure about this, surely the goal lies in preventing crime and then, if it still happens, catching the criminals!
The report also highlights the need for a "public commissioner on crime" to champion people’s concerns within government, and a new performance target to measure public confidence in the system. Sorry but we do NOT need more quango positions and this is an invented job for some fatcat who can be relied upon to follow the line of his/her political masters.
She calls for more standardised powers for police community support officers. Again, I think that it would be better to have ordinary coppers on the beat. These "community support officers" do not appear to be up to the job and what is wrong with ensuring that we have full-time constables on the cutting edge – on our streets?
There is no doubt that most ordinary people feel a disconnect from the criminal justice system. We believe that our rights-obsessed society puts the needs of the criminals before those of their victims. I’m not sure we need new laws, we just need to enforce those already in place and start punishing those who break our laws. It’s not rocket-science and the former "Respect" Czar is in many ways stating the bleeding obvious – after 12 months of a tax-payer funded jamboree.