Labour Manifesto

The Labour Party published its manifesto and manifesto costings for the 2019 General Election this afternoon. This is a summary of their proposed criminal justice policies:

Justice:

Champion a joined-up approach, fostering close working relationships between criminal justice agencies with education authorities, health services and others

Policing:

Enforce the laws protecting police and other emergency workers from violent assault

Re-establish neighbourhood policing and recruit more frontline officers

Work with Police and Crime Commissioners to reform police funding and share new resources fairly

Work with police forces to invest in a modern workforce to tackle the rise in violent crime and cybercrime

Retain local democratic accountability for police forces

Work to eliminate institutional biases against BAME communities

Ensure better police training on domestic abuse and offences arising from coercive control and historical abuses

Youth Justice:

Rebuild youth services and guarantee young people’s access to youth workers

Invest in a youth justice system where schools, local authorities, health authorities and youth services work together to divert young people from pathways towards crime

Prisons:

Restore total prison officer numbers to 2010 levels

Phase out lone working in prisons

Bring PFI prisons back in-house

Tackle the prison maintenance backlog and develop a long-term estate strategy

Alternatives to prison:

Set new standards for community sentences

Consider the evidence for effective alternatives and rehabilitation of prolific offenders

Introduce a presumption against prison sentences of six months or less for non-violent and non-sexual offences

Expand problem-solving courts

Probation:

Reunify probation and guarantee a publicly run, locally accountable probation service

Women in the CJS:

Plug the funding gap in the Female Offender Strategy

Invest in proven alternatives to custody, including women’s centres

Legal aid:

Restore all early legal aid advice, including for housing, social security, family and immigration cases

Recruit hundreds of new community lawyers

Promote public legal education and build an expanded network of law centres

Ensure legal aid for inquests into deaths in state custody and the preparation of judicial review cases

Courts:

Halt court closures and cuts to staff

Undertake a review of the courts reform programme

Facilitate a more representative judiciary while upholding its independence

Review funding for the Crown Prosecution Service

Equalities and Diversity:

Tackle the disproportionate levels of BAME children in custody

Review the youth custody estate

Strengthen youth courts

Build on the Lammy Review

Violence against women and girls:

Set new standards for tackling domestic and sexual abuse and violence

Appoint a Commissioner for Violence against Women and Girls

Establish an independent review into low rape prosecution rates

Establish a National Refuge Fund

Ensure financial stability for rape crisis centres

Reintroduce a Domestic Abuse Bill

Improve the safety of the family court system for domestic violence victims and prohibit their cross-examination by their abuser

Make misogyny and violence against women and girls hate crimes

Homelessness:

End rough sleeping within five years

Introduce a national plan driven by a prime minister-led taskforce

Expand and upgrade hostels

Make available 8,000 additional homes for people with a history of rough sleeping

Repeal the Vagrancy Act and amend antisocial behaviour legislation to stop the law being used against people because they are homeless

Drugs policy:

Establish a Royal Commission to develop a public health approach to substance misuse, focusing on harm reduction rather than criminalisation

Victims:

Introduce minimum legal standards of service for all victims of crime

Modern crime prevention:

Create a co-ordinating minister for cybersecurity and conduct regular reviews of cyber-readiness

Review the structures and roles of the National Crime Agency, to strengthen the response to all types of economic crime, including cybercrime and fraud

Create a new national strategy on cybercrime and fraud