Fed up with low jail sentences for criminals? Here’s how YOU can get them increased
I often read about pathetic jail sentences handed down for serious offences – and they make me very angry. I try to imagine how I would feel if a member of my family had been hurt or killed by someone who then received a pitifully low sentence. For victims of crime and their families I’m sure weak sentences for perpetrators make their suffering even worse. Our judges seem worryingly out of touch with public opinion and often seem to choose the lower end of sentencing guidelines. Rarely, it seems, do victims get proper justice.
Well now you don’t have to get angry – you can do something about it.
Under Section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 the Attorney General can review low sentences given by any Crown Court in England and Wales if he’s asked to – and it only takes ONE person to make a complaint about a sentence. This can be done anonymously and you don’t have to be connected to the case in any way.
A single phone call to a friendly civil servant at the Attorney General’s Office (I’ve done it – and they were very helpful!) on 020 7271 2492 or an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org is all it takes. This has to be done within 28 days of sentencing. The Attorney General then has 28 days to review a sentence and make a decision. Once the case has been reviewed, it may be sent to the Court of Appeal. Essentially, we the public are simply drawing the Attorney-General’s attention to the case.
Full details can be found by clicking here.
Remember, it only takes one of us to have a big impact…