Sentences (Violent Crime)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 3rd February 2009.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Labour, Gateshead East and Washington West 2:30 pm, 3rd February 2009

That will be welcome news for the victims of crime, but does the Minister agree that if there is to be any potential deterrent effect for those who may commit such crimes, they need to see that information. I cannot imagine that many of them will go online to see what their sentence may be. Will the Minister consider using a poster campaign, or taking out adverts in national newspapers, so that perpetrators know that they will be caught, and know what the consequences will be for their own lives?

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Ian Dawson
Posted on 6 Feb 2009 10:10 am (Report this annotation)

perhaps we should also consider extending this idea to the publication, in home area newspapers, of the M.P.s voting records and expenses, as very few voters bother to go on-line to seek out this information. Sauce for the goose...