Anna has given support to the Governments Bill to reform Legal Aid and Sentencing. The proposed legislation will both enable more community based sentences for criminals who commit less serious offences and tough new measures to make prison a place of work and rehabilitation. Anna criticised the last Governments legacy of over crowded prisons where drugs are widely available, record rates of re offending, a lack of courses for kong term prisoners with too many confined to their cells for 23 hours a day. On Legal Aid Anna made a plea to the Government to make sure the poor and vulnerable, especially women were not denied access to justice. Anna agreed with Government plans to scrap some sentences for serious offenders, replacing them with more transparent and just sentences. The plan would also include tougher sentences for serious offences of violence and sexual assault including rape.
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