Sadiq Khan MP today launches wide-ranging open consultation into Labour's criminal justice policy

12 October 2011

Sadiq KhanSadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, is leading a working group on justice policy for Labour’s policy review to strike the right balance between punishment and reform and to develop detailed policy that supports Labour’s aims of a justice system which works to protect the public, support victims and stop crime.

As part of this review, Sadiq has launched a 12 week open consultation, calling for views from experts across the justice sector and members of the public.

Organisations working on all aspects of criminal justice policy, as well as groups representing victims and communities, have been asked to submit their response to Labour’s justice policy review. Sadiq Khan is also calling on individual members of the public to make their voices heard by adding their comments to his policy review website.

Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, said:

“Labour believes in a justice system which puts victims at its heart, which focuses on protecting the public, supporting victims and stopping crime.

“This Tory-led Government is completely out of touch on the crucial issues of criminal justice, reducing crime and keeping our communities safe. They are not listening to the evidence from experts or to the public. Confidence in our country’s justice system has suffered as a result.

“Communities battling antisocial behaviour and victims of crime need to have a voice in debates about our criminal justice policy, and I am determined to make sure they are heard. That’s why I am reaching out to victims’ groups and community organisations and asking them to participate in Labour’s justice policy review.

“There are organisations around the country exploring innovative ways to reduce reoffending, train and educate prisoners and prevent young people from starting a life of crime. I am calling on them to share their ideas and inform Labour’s criminal justice policy.”