Home Office Policy
One has to be careful of the Home Office's preferred measure of crime, the British Crime Survey. According to its figure, 'long-term trends show substantial declines in levels of violent crimes', with an 11 per cent fall last year. These headline grabbing figures, designed purely to make the Government look good, do not tell the whole picture. On the back of this 'long-term trend' of reduction in violent crime, since 1997 'woundings or other acts endangering life' have nearly doubled, robbery has gone up nearly 50% and rape has doubled. For obvious reasons, these particular headline grabbing figures are not spun quite as much.
Acts of Parliament
Possibly one of the least reported acts this government has put on our legislature is the Extradition Act 2003. This act has wide implications on our civil liberties. It allows the US to extradite alleged criminals for trial with the only burden of proof being identification of the suspect. It is retrospective, non-reciprocal, there is no requirement for dual-criminality, Parliament was not consulted when it was signed and did not receive the text of the Treaty until almost two months after its signature.
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