Defendants should be allowed to plead guilty and go to rehab instead of court, major review recommends


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Those who plead not guilty would go through the criminal justice system, but deferred cases would later be wiped off offenders’ criminal records. Defendants should be allowed to opt for rehabilitation to avoid having to go to court, a landmark report into the justice system has proposed. The Lammy Review into the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the courts and prison system, recommended the introduction of “deferred prosecutions”, which would allow low-level offenders who admit their crime and complete rehabilitation schemes so they could have the charges dropped.


Lizzie Dearden




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