Why is it that one person has so much control over how the British Justice system is run?
This person also controls which part of the crime wave is concentrated on by the Crown Prosecution Service and that person is the Director of Public Prosecutions these decisions produce the reaction of the police forces where they concentrate on the crimes that the Crown Prosecution decides, others can be delayed until the CPS is ready to take on their cases, which could be months.
This explains the national campaign against old cases of rape and sexual assault. It was one cause that the Director of Public Prosecutions insisted should be treated with the top priority.
The person who has a supervising roll over the Director is the Attorney General and it seems to me that the Attorney General has not taken the supervising role seriously enough.
Concentrating on old cases means that very little time is spent on new cases which explains the increase in knife crimes, housebreaking and shoplifting all of which are getting out of control, in shoplifting if the criminal is careful on the value of what they steal their crime will never be taken seriously.
Another problem is that shoplifting is committed by thieves of all races and the police are very wary of being accused of being racist so the pendulum is swinging the other way to the benefit of the criminals.
Personal crusades by the senior members of both the Police and CPS must stop if true justice stands a chance of surviving.
To solve crimes and punish the criminal the police must keep up to date with modern technology in all its aspects.
The time has come when we must really think again about how we fight all criminals, they now find it easy to travel from one police area to another yet the police have a load of paperwork to wade through to do the same, they are also faced with petty jealousy between police forces.
An increased freedom of movement could remove some of the petty jealousy but I am convinced that some will always be with us.
The elections of Police and Crime Commissioners are at least one step towards relieving the feeling of the public that the Police and CPS is a composed of very closed and inward looking people.
The old saying that the punishment must fit the crime doesn’t seem to apply anymore the approach to crime with its associated punishment needs updating in line with modern crime and public feeling, the cost of the punishment should not be the prime reason for the type of punishment. I agree that in the first case the costs will go up but in the long run, crime will diminish and the costs will come down.
The punishment for carrying a concealed weapon is nowhere severe enough it is not making criminals stop and think.
Remember that at one time the punishment for murder was death this led to a number of people being wrongly hung so it was right that it should be stopped but there weren’t many murders, now the time spent in prison is not sufficient to make people think twice about premeditated murder or any crime.
Now, of course, we must understand why a person turns to crime and make due allowances.