Fresh calls are being made for mandatory minimum sentencing for homicide offences after the Government took the surprise step of announcing such proposals for repeat sex offenders.
The association representing families of homicide victims said it was “very concerned” at the revelation that 89 homicide offences have not been recorded on official crime statistics.
Families of homicide victims have demanded “accountability” following the publication of the O’Higgins report and, furthermore, heavily criticised the media’s concentration on the political fallout.
A support group for victims of homicide has called for a victims’ rights ombudsman because they fear new victims’ rights legislation will not be enforced.
Families of homicide victims are calling for mandatory sentences for unlawful possession of knives after an almost 60% jump in knife murders last year.
The former governor of Mountjoy Prison has said the release of Malcolm MacArthur is “a positive step” and said it may have happened sooner were it not for political pressure.
A victims’ group has criticised the lack of victim representation on the Parole Board after two candidates it put forward for nomination failed to be appointed by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Judges will have to listen to victims of crime in certain cases before deciding whether or not to grant bail to an accused.
CANDIDATES in the General Election have been asked not to use crime as a cynical vote catcher.
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