Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, announces the members of the Labour Party’s justice policy working group and launches a website for consultation on Labour’s justice policy.
The working group of experts from across the criminal justice field will help formulate a policy programme that strikes the right balance between punishment and reform and works to protect the public, support victims and stop crime.
Advising the working group in an independent and unaffiliated capacity are:
Barry Mizen, who set up the Jimmy Mizen Foundation with his wife, Margaret, following the murder of their son in 2008;
Dame Helen Reeves, the founding Chief Executive of Victim Support;
Matthew Ryder QC, a barrister and judge specialising in criminal and police law;
Baroness Jean Corston, who carried out a seminal review of vulnerable women in the criminal justice system;
Professor Rob Reiner, a professor of criminology in the law department of the London School of Economics;
Lord Norman Warner, former health minister and former chair of the Youth Justice Board;
Kevin McGrath, Managing Director of F&C REIT Asset Management and Chair of the McGrath Charitable Trust and trustee for several criminal justice organisations;
The vice chair of the group will be Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Justice Minister.
The group will hold public consultation events and seminars across the country, take evidence from those working on the front line in prisons, youth offending institutions courts and community projects as well as hearing from victims of crime and how their experience within the criminal justice system can be improved.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Labour’s record on bringing down crime is unparalleled, but it is being put at risk by the Tory-led Government’s cuts to police numbers, victim support, the probation services and the prison estate.
“I am pleased to announce some of the country’s leading independent experts in this area have agreed to advise me and will ensure we develop policies that work to cut crime, protect the public, ensure justice is served and that victims are supported.
“But it is just as important that the public are involved in this process, and that their priorities are reflected in Labour’s policies. That’s why I am today launching a website where people can post their ideas and suggestions and contribute to this review which will help to shape Labour’s policy for the next election."