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Making offenders pay back to victims and society ...


This section focuses on how we can make offenders pay back to victims and society for the harm they have caused - both directly and indirectly.

In more detail:

Offenders in custody

We are introducing legislation that will allow us to take a portion of money earned by offenders to help repair the harm they have caused. We will also implement the Prisoner Earnings Act 1996 to enable deductions to be taken from some prisoners, which will go to victim support services.

Offenders on non-custodial sentences

We will encourage greater use of financial penalties combined with vigorous enforcement to ensure payment; improve Community Payback so offenders work longer hours; create a positive duty for courts to consider compensation orders; and consult on proposals to increase the Victim Surcharge; all to ensure that offenders make reparation for their crimes.

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