Labor reveals plans to introduce tougher penalties for doped drinks – LabourList
Labor has announced that the governing party will introduce tougher penalties for the crime of doping, amid alarm over falling conviction rates and reductions in average sentences.
The plan to return peak sentencing to Sentencing Guidelines Councils for further guidance when Labor takes power comes after new research showed a significant drop in prosecution and conviction rates in recent years.
On International Women’s Day today, Labor will table a motion in the House of Commons urging the Government to increase the minimum penalty for doping in a bid to tackle violence against women women.
The opposition party will also ask ministers to introduce other measures, including increasing minimum sentences for rape and harassment, and implementing Labour’s support program for serious victims of sexual violence.
Shadow Justice Minister Ellie Reeves said: ‘This high-tax, soft-on-crime Conservative government is failing in its fundamental duty to protect women and girls from violent criminals, who use the doping as a premeditated means of committing the most serious sexual acts. offences.
“This government’s appalling record in addressing violence against women and girls through the criminal justice system shows that it is failing violent criminals and failing victims. It effectively decriminalized rape.
“Labour will put safety at the heart of its contract with the British people. That is why we are announcing today that we will toughen penalties for doping, which disproportionately affects women and girls, and tougher minimum penalties for rape.
Labor’s analysis of House of Commons Library data found that those convicted of drinking have received sentences of just six years on average, despite a marked increase in drinking incidents in recent years years.
Labor found there were just 36 prosecutions and 20 convictions for “other miscellaneous sexual offences” in 2020. The category includes doping, defined as “the administration of a substance with the intent to stupefy or to dominate in order to engage in sexual activity”.
The figure for 2020 is 30 fewer prosecutions than there were in the same category in 2014. In total, between 2010 and 2020, there were only 512 prosecutions and 286 convictions for “sexual offences”. various”.
Labor research also found that there have been no more than 66 prosecutions in any year since 2010, and 512 in total between 2010 and 2020, with just 0.56 convictions per prosecution over the entire period.
The data suggests that the increase in offenses far exceeds the current conviction rate. A YouGov poll published in November 2021 found that one in nine women in the UK say they have had their drink spiked.
A representative of the National Police Chiefs Council told a home affairs select committee in January that 1,903 crimes possibly linked to spikes were reported in England and Wales in 2019.
Labor recently sought to amend the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in the House of Lords to introduce a minimum penalty for doping. Ministers scrapped the changes when it returned to the House of Commons.
Below is the text of the Labor opposition debate motion today on violence against women.
Mr Alan Campbell
Support for victims of rape and sexual violence
That this House commemorate International Women’s Day; Regrets that under this government, conviction rates for rape have reached an all-time low and that the usual time between the reporting of a rape offense and the completion of the resulting criminal case is over 1,000 days ; calls on the government to introduce minimum penalties for harassment and rape, increase minimum penalties for doping and implement the Labor survivors program for victims of rape and serious sexual violence in order to rebuild trust in the criminal justice system; and further calls on the government to begin an immediate assessment of the impact of the establishment of specialist rape courts on the large backlog of rape cases at the Crown Court, as recommended by the Inspection by the Crown Prosecution Service.
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