Naming & shaming suspects and criminals should be banned government says

  • By Heyami Alghatta

UK government says naming and shaming stops rehabilitation of criminals and destroys lives of innocent suspects


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Key members of the English parliament have outlined plans to enforce permanent anonymity for suspects and criminals across the UK.

The report shows clear evidence that for convicted criminals the naming and shaming stops them from ever being rehabilitated, stops them from forming social bonds, relationships or finding work leading to a viscous spiral of repeated and worsening criminality.

For suspects found to be innocent the report shows that the stigma of the naming and shaming leads to loss of social connections, loss of relationships, loss of careers, depression, homelessness, substance abuse and suicide.

The new proposed ban on naming and shaming however is only suggest to be applied to offenders under the age of 18 at the time of conviction.

The UK has the world’s highest miss conviction rate, with a worrying 20% of all inmates who serve full term custodial sentences later found to be innocent. This wide spread injustice coupled with some of the world’s longest prison sentences, most violent and dangerous and overcrowded prisons along with public naming and shaming has earned the UK the label as the world’s most unjust and judicially corrupt system in the world.

It is worth remembering that the UK has no codified constitutional law, one of only a hand full of countries in the world to not have constitutional legislation.



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