Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Violent Criminals to Pay for Treatment of Their Victims

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Violent Criminals to Pay for Treatment of Their Victims

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Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM

VIOLENT offenders will be made to pay for the treatment of their victims and spend longer in jail under reforms announced today by John Reid.

The Home Secretary said that criminals who inflicted injury would be required to pay the medical expenses of people they attacked.

He also promised new powers allowing victims to sue offenders who later received a financial windfall such as a lottery win or a big inheritance. The measures are part of a package of reforms unveiled by Mr Reid in an attempt to improve public protection and " rebalance" the criminal justice system in favour of victims rather than criminals.

He also proposed tougher sentences for violent offenders, an increase in the maximum penalty for carrying a knife from two to four years and an extra 8,000 prison places.

Further plans include speeding up the return to jail of offenders who breach bail or licence conditions and ensuring that inmates are only released after a unanimous decision by the Parole Board. …

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