Getting Justice from the Criminal Justice System

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the US economy and to create or save millions of jobs.

Its will be felt across the US in every walk of life.  Of particular interest to those who toil in the CJS of England and Wales, the Act provides $2.7 billion to the Office of Justice Programs; $1 billion to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program; $225 million to the Office on Violence Against Women; and $10 million to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Compare that with the scale of the cuts heading towards us on this side of the Atlantic.  The Criminal Justice System – the bit that gives us due process and fair trials – is barely coping, and the 25% cuts are yet to be announced.  The wheels of justice are about to grind to a halt.

Maybe time to take another leaf from the US book.

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