- Pre-charge bail law results in fewer arrests but problematic in practice
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- Briefly, what were the main changes to pre-charge bail made in 2017?
- What have been the positive improvements to the system?
- What hasn't it worked well in practice?
- Why is the government now reviewing the system of pre-charge bail again?
- What changes would you like to see made?
Corporate Crime analysis: Nick Brett, a partner at Brett Wilson LLP, analyses the changes to pre-charge bail laws made in 2017, which was intended to restrict the use and duration of bail to 28 days, and why they are being reviewed by the Home Office again. Although the system has resulted in fewer arrests, Brett suggests that the changes have not worked well in practice, merely resulting in suspects being under investigation for the same time as they would be on bail for, citing lack of resources as the main reason.
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