Public opinion and understanding of sentencing examined
The Justice Committee examines public understanding of sentencing when it takes evidence from Victims’ Commissioner for London, Claire Waxman, representatives of the Independent Commission into the Experience of Victims and Long-Term Prisoners and academics.
The new inquiry aims to get a better understanding of public awareness around how sentencing works, and how accessible information on court sentences and the reasoning behind them is. In this opening session, the Committee will examine what the current level of understanding of sentencing is among victims and the wider public. It will also look at how these views inform sentencing policy and examine what more can be done to improve awareness of how sentencing operates.