Priti Patel "will end the release of potentially dangerous suspects without bail" after 97,000 detainees, including those charged with rape, have been "investigated" in three years
- Priti Patel will prevent suspects from being released without bail
- The police will use bail in cases where it is deemed "necessary and proportionate".
- The 2017 pre-indictment bail reform caused concern and the public was at risk
Priti Patel will prevent potentially dangerous criminal suspects, including rapists, from being released into the community without bail.
The Interior Minister will lift the presumption against the release of suspected criminals against a bail introduced by Theresa May and implemented in 2017 under new laws, which is due to be announced this month.
Instead, the police are expected to use bail in cases where it is “necessary and proportionate”, including those where there are risks to victims, witnesses and the public and where a new crime could be prevented.
Ms. Patel will also extend the length of time criminal suspects can be bailed from 28 days to up to 90 days, the Telegraph reports.
This is intended to give police and prosecutors more time to gather evidence for a prosecution before they need to be released, Ms. Patel said in an announcement expected this week.
Freedom of information figures show that the number of suspects released during the investigation increased from 6,464 in 2016 to 97,473 in 2019.
Home Secretary Priti Patel will prevent potentially dangerous criminal suspects, including rapists, from being released into the community without restrictions
The 2017 changes came after fears some suspects, including those found innocent, were spending months or years on bail.
However, the police admitted that the presumption in favor of the released release had "unintended consequences" as too many suspects were allowed to return freely to the community.
The HM Police Inspector announced last month that many domestic offenders have been released without bail.
According to a source from the Home Office, the bail was not used when it was appropriate "also to prevent them from committing crimes or disturbing witnesses or victims".
Kay Martin was killed by her estranged husband Alan Martin, 53, after he was released by Northumbria police for allegedly raping and mistreating his wife
The source told the Telegraph, "We want officials to use more bail and give more consideration to victims and influence the impact of a decision on them. It puts victims and anyone else who may be affected at the center of the bail process. & # 39;
Campaign groups have claimed that the 2017 bail changes put victims and the public at risk, with thousands of suspected criminals "under investigation" by police without curbs.
They cited cases where violent suspects were released by police without bail and then attacked or killed their victims.
In one case, 49-year-old Kay Martin was beaten to death by her estranged husband, Alan Martin, 53, after he was released by Northumbria police for allegedly raping and mistreating his wife.
Kay, a caregiver, had suffered at least 12 cases of domestic violence in the past seven years, prompting the Sunderland coroner to write to Ms. Patel asking for better protection for domestic violence victims after their assailants were investigating were released.