Justice

Reforming justice

The justice system in the UK needs to be based off of a system of reforming prisoners and helping them to move away from crime. The focus here is on reducing the number of people reoffending. We also seek to reduce the disadvantages people may face due to their background.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Focus on Reforming Prisoners. We support a justice system would be much like the Norwegian model which has shown that rehabilitation of prisoners can result in only a very small number of prisoners reoffending. This would hopefully reduce the amount of money that needs to be spent on the prison service overall. Just like the Norwegian system, we would offer education for inmates to help them find work once they have left prison and to help them not to fall into a cycle of reoffending. To reduce prison culture, we also support copying the idea of larger prisons with houses containing multiple rooms rather than cells. These would have separate toilets and showers.

For high risk prisoners, there will still be high security prisons as the more open prisons will be targeted at minimal crimes. However, offenders who are in prison for larger crimes can apply to go to these prisons when they reach the last four months of their sentence if they have been very well behaved.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Expanded Restorative Justice Programs. This is where, if the victims agree to it, victims and criminals can discuss the crime that has taken place. This gives the criminal a chance to understand the impact their crime had on the person and the community. The offender then gives back to the community through programs such as community service.

  • Whole UK, Northern Ireland

A Drug Legalisation and Decriminalisation Program. This would involve making most class C and B drugs legal whilst decriminalising class A drugs. Legalisation will remove any penalties on the supply or consumption of drugs. Decriminalisation, on the other hand, is where consumption of drugs will only incur a minor penalty, but supply would still be illegal. We would also include referrals to addiction treatment rather than prison sentences.


This would change the approach addiction to hard drugs would be treated as a health concern and softer drugs would be treated as recreational. The program would hopefully tackle gangs supplying drugs, ensure drugs do not contain other harmful substances, increase the number of drugs such as cannabis that are grown domestically and any increased tax revenue could be used to increase funding the NHS.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Before Prison Sentences Are Handed Out, People Must be Given a Full Mental Health Check. In order to ensure our prison services are effective we need to implement full checks when prisoners entre prison rather than the current system of rushed tests, so we know what help needs to be given to prisoners. This would take place before any judgment is made so it can be considered if a sentence is delivered.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

If You’ve Served a Full Sentence for a Minor Crime, it Shouldn’t be on Your Record. This will help prisoners to get back into work after smaller crimes and will hopefully stop them from reoffending due to poverty.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

We Don’t Support the Use of the Death Penalty for Any Crime. It does not allow for real compensation for those proven innocent, it may end up with the state killing innocent people due to the fact there is never total certainty in almost any case and it does not deter people from committing crimes. While this will lead to some prisoners spending their lives in prison, it will also provide more time to investigate more into cases and for any new information to come to light. We will also campaign for the death penalty to be abolished worldwide as well as within international organisations.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Set the Minimum Age at Which Someone Can be Charged for a Crime to 13. Currently the minimum age someone can be tried for a crime is 10 years of age which we feel is too low. The age must be appropriate to when an individual can tell right from wrong. This level is extremely low compared to other countries around the world, so we feel that it needs to be increased to an age where children are more likely to understand their actions.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

When Someone is Tried for a Crime, They Should Remain Anonymous. When someone is tried or going to be tried for a crime, they should not have their identity released to the public or through the press unless it is necessary in order to find them. This comes from a belief that justice should be down to the UK’s justice system rather than vigilante justice so releasing someone’s details and image means that is at risk. Along with this it is very difficult to have a fair trial if the story is widely known about as jurors may be convinced before the trial.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Increase Legal Aid Funds. This would involve reversing the cuts in legal aid that have taken place since 2010. This would be alongside reinstating help for cases involving family law and other areas that are no longer covered by legal aid. This would help to reduce some of the inequalities that currently exist in the UK’s court system.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

All Police Must Wear Body Cameras. This would require police officers who are dealing with cases to record their actions. It would allow for a full record of police actions, can help to defend against any accusations of misconduct and makes it easier to review cases afterwards.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

All Prisons Should be Publicly Run. We do not believe prisons or prison services should be run for profit. We feel a profit-based approach is the wrong motive for prisons to have and that operating under public ownership is a better model. Dangerous individuals should also not be placed under the guard of private companies.

  • UK, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Fines Will be Proportionate to Income. Rather than simply receiving a flat fine the amount charged will depend on the person’s earnings. It’s a system already used in Finland, Sweden and Denmark successfully. This would be used as the method for fining for, Fixed Penalty Notices, for speeding offences and any other fines issues by the police. Under this system those who are poorer will pay less as a fixed fine would likely be a huge dent in their personal finances whilst those who have more money will have a fine that actually make some impact on their finances.