Victims of crime failed by criminal justice system

first_imgMembers of the public have little confidence in the criminal justice system and feel the rights of the accused outweigh their own, a new survey suggests. National charity Victim Support reveals the extent of discontent with the system among recent victims of crime in its latest audit of the system, published today. It was found that people’s satisfaction and confidence in the system dropped in every measure once they came into contact with it. Just over a third of the general public felt victims’ needs were met during the justice process, compared with 80% who felt the rights of the accused were protected. The charity also highlighted research that found just 1% of total justice spending goes towards supporting victims. Javed Khan, chief executive of Victim Support, said the overall picture was a product of ‘years of neglect and misunderstanding of victims’ needs’. He added: ‘It is clear that criminal justice agencies need to do more to meet the needs of victims and witnesses. ‘Every year we offer help and support to over one million people affected by crime which helps improve their confidence in the justice system. Yet all too often when they come into contact with the system they are dissatisfied and lose confidence.’ Speed and efficiency of the court system was identified as a key factor in addressing victims’ frustrations. Just two out of every five trials in magistrates’ and Crown courts going ahead effectively on the day as scheduled. There were also large regional variations in the workings of the court system, with just one in three trials starting as planned and reaching a conclusion in the north and West Yorkshire, compared with one in two in Avon and Somerset. Victim Support wants those called as witnesses to court to be better informed about the progress of the case and all victims to be offered the chance to make a personal victim statement. A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said the department had contributed £50m to the victims voluntary sector this year, despite spending cuts elsewhere. He added: ‘The government is determined to provide the best support for the most seriously affected, vulnerable and persistently targeted victims of crime. ‘We are currently reviewing all victims services to ensure that those affected by crime are supported in the best way possible, and will be making an announcement shortly.’last_img read more

Another group has prequalified to bid for the Western Railway project

first_imgLetter to the Editor,Sir – Your report ‘Saudi bidding hots up’ (RG 3.08 p124) did not mention another consortium which has also been prequalified to submit a final BOT bid to construct the Western Railway between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia.This consortium includes Saudi Oger, El Seif Engineering Contracting, Italian national railway Ferrovie dello Stato, Russian Railways, Ansaldo STS company Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari, AnsaldoBreda and Selex Sistemi Integrati. A shortlist has not yet been drawn up and bidding is still in progress, following modifications to the client’s procurement criteria.Giovanni Di SorteVice-President, External Relations Ansaldo STSGenova, Italylast_img

Listen LIVE as the Lake County Captains Battles Great Lakes Tonight

first_img Related TopicsLake County Captains Matt Loede The Lake County Captains are back in action tonight looking to avenge a Monday night loss to Great Lakes, with the first pitch taking place at 6:05pm.Shane Bieber 2-1, 2.16 ERA goes for the Captains, he’s been outstanding in three starts this season for Lake County, he will try to get the Captains on track after a 7-1 loss on Monday night.Hear all the action as the Captains and Loons battle tonight, and before the game tune into ‘Captains Live’ at 5pm and then the action from there – Click the Captains Logo below to be taken to AllSportsCleveland.net where you can hear every pitch! center_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

The heartwarming reason why UAB players are wearing different colored shoes in the NCAA tournament

first_imgBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsBecause sometimes fans may not always be paying attention to college basketball before the NCAA tournament, a quick glance at the sneakers being worn by UAB may seem a bit confusing because they’re two different colors.So what’s going on here? AL.com wrote about it in November:The Blazers have partnered with the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. Sporting one green and one white sneaker this season is their way of helping raise awareness and, hopefully, money for pediatric cancer.“We played a team over in Spain (this past summer) and one of the players came out, wearing a black and white shoe and everybody just noticed it,” Haase said. “So we started talking and kind of joking about that and one idea led to another idea about 27 ideas later this is the one we came up with.”The team has worn the different shoes throughout the season and are now bringing them on the big stage at the NCAA tournament, where they faced off against Iowa State on Thursday.last_img read more

Military sexual assaults down, reporting of incidents up, survey finds

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon’s latest survey of sexual assault in the military estimates that the number of sexual assaults decreased to 14,900 in 2016, down from the 20,300 measured in the last survey conducted in 2014. Meanwhile, the number of sexual assaults reported by victims in 2016 rose slightly to 6,172, an increase that Pentagon officials said indicated greater awareness of the care and responses available to victims.“Overall, this year’s report shows indications of progress,” Dr. Elizabeth Van Winkle, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, said at a Pentagon news conference to release the report.She later added, “We don’t confuse progress with success.”“We must eliminate sexual assault in the military,” said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in a statement. “Our department cannot tolerate actions that weaken unit cohesion, leadership, or training — the ingredients of combat effectiveness. The increased reporting and decreased prevalence captured in this report reflect higher confidence among our troops in our programs and policies.“Every policy and every decision must keep faith with our people and ensure our military is ready to fight,” continued Mattis. “This starts with treating all hands with respect and setting an atmosphere of trust that builds combat readiness. I will not tolerate conduct prejudicial to our values”Every two years, a Pentagon survey estimates the “prevalence” or rate of sexual assault, which is defined as rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses.The survey estimated there were 14,900 sexual assaults in 2016, the lowest recorded by the survey since it was first conducted in 2006. The survey estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012 and 20,300 in 2014.According to the numbers released Monday, the number of victims reporting sexual assaults rose to a record high of 6,172 in 2016, up 1.5 percent from 6,083 in 2015.“We see the increase in rates of reporting as an indicator of a continued trust in our response and support systems,” said Van Winkle.About 9 percent of the reports were from service members who reported an incident that occurred prior to their military service.The new numbers show one in three victims of sexual assault stepping forward to report an assault. That’s an increase from the one in four who did so in 2014 and a significant increase from 2012 when only one in 10 sexual assault victims reported an assault.But more than half of service members who reported sexual assaults said they perceived negative experiences or retaliation associated with their report.The survey found “58 percent of active duty service members (58 percent of women and 60 percent of men) indicated experiencing a negative outcome they perceived as professional reprisal, ostracism, and/or maltreatment after reporting sexual assault.” Those numbers “roughly the same as measured by surveys in 2012 and 2014.”Of the 14,900 incidents in 2016, 8,600 were reported by women and 6,300 were reported by men, the first time that more women than men reported that they had experienced unwanted sexual contact.“While women are at higher risk for sexual assault, male service members traditionally account for the majority of the survey-estimated victims of sexual assault because the department is mostly comprised of men,” states the report.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more