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English Law Society criticises free release scheme for suspects.

Editorial Staff

The Law Society of England and Wales has issued a notice criticising the policy of "release under investigation" which sees suspects in criminal cases released free of conditions. Not only is it not working, it's proving dangerous, says LawSoc.

According to the notice:

Release under investigation (RUI) is used by the police instead of bail – but unlike bail it has no time limits or conditions. This can leave the accused and victims in limbo with no updates on their case for an unlimited time.

There also is evidence that there are people being released under investigation who are potentially a risk to victims of crime and the public in general, rather than being put on bail as would be more appropriate. This particularly impacts on victims, who may be targeted again by the same perpetrator.

For example:

An individual was arrested for rape and placed under bail. He was accused of a further sexual offence against the same complainant, but was then then released under investigation under the original rape accusation due to bail not being extended. This meant he was released with no conditions.

We are calling on the Government to improve RUI by introducing a range of measures including placing time limits on their usage and ensuring it is no longer used for people who are a potential risk to the public.

LawSoc has published additional information in two Microsoft Word format documents (readers should be cautious when opening Word files from unknown sources). Note that the title of the second document is "spreadsheet" but LawSoc describes it as a Word file.

What LawSoc says and why: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/...
The data proving LawSoc's case: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/...

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