Contemporary context

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 replaced police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 changed remand and release on license for prisoners. It also gave the Secretary of State the power to make rules regarding the employment and payment of prisoners.
In its present form the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which is going through Parliament, would reform the “toolkit” of laws to deal with anti-social behaviour, including replacing ASBOs (Anti Social behaviour Orders).


Page last updated December 2013

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