Criminal law

Fact checks including justice, prisons, criminal sentencing

30 March 2021

Government asylum claims based on unpublished data

The Home Office said 60% of asylum seekers entered the country illegally but this is based on unpublished statistics

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Government asylum claims based on unpublished data
24 March 2021

Burnt-out police car in Bristol protests was not fake

A photo of a burnt-out police car taken during protests in Bristol is not ‘a prop’

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Burnt-out police car in Bristol protests was not fake
24 July 2020

Many children have been the victims of grooming gangs, but there’s no evidence for a figure of one million

And we can’t objectively compare the public response with Black Lives Matter

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Many children have been the victims of grooming gangs, but there’s no evidence for a figure of one million
18 February 2020

Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%

The government did announce a real terms reduction of 40% to the Ministry of Justice but ultimately reduced funding by 25% between 2010/11 and 2019/20.

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Justice spending is down 25% since 2010, not 40%
10 January 2020

How long do murderers serve in prison?

Over half of murderers released from prison have served between 11 and 18 years in custody.

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How long do murderers serve in prison?
11 December 2019

Usman Khan and sentencing terror offences

After the London Bridge attack, there's been a debate over how people in the UK are sentenced for terror offences, in particular Usman Khan, the attacker.

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Usman Khan and sentencing terror offences
9 October 2019

More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway

The government pledged to mandate serious criminals spending two thirds of their sentence in prison. Judges already have discretion to impose this.

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More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway
4 October 2018

Cannabis kids: are more under-18s being prosecuted for supplying the drug?

Yes, over the last ten years, but fewer 10 to 17 year-olds have been prosecuted for the cultivation and possession of cannabis.

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Cannabis kids: are more under-18s being prosecuted for supplying the drug?
27 June 2018

Upskirting: what’s the legal situation?

We’ve looked at how the current law applies to “upskirting” and how proposed legislation would change this.

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Upskirting: what’s the legal situation?
27 October 2017

Is it legal to kill people fighting for Islamic State in Syria?

There’s no single authoritative statement of what’s allowed in international law.

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Is it legal to kill people fighting for Islamic State in Syria?

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