Justice: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on the justice system, prisoner population and rights, legal aid, anonymity for defendants, and police reform.

Prisoner population and overcrowding

What is the outlook for the prison population and what is driving the changes?

Human rights and prisoner voting

Looks at the Government's approach to human rights and the question of prisoner voting

Reviewing legal aid

Looks at the unintended consequences of changes to eligibility for civil and criminal legal aid

Anonymity for defendants in rape cases

Overview of arguments in favour and against the idea of anonymity for rape defendants

Police reform in England and Wales

How should the police be held accountable to the communities they serve and how should the service be organised?

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