Chief prosecutor backs Lammy plan to tackle justice system bias

Offering some first-time offenders option of rehab programmes instead of a trial should be considered, says Alison Saunders

The UK’s chief prosecutor has said a scheme to defer some prosecutions without the accused having to admit their guilt should be considered, after a report highlighted racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, approved of a recommendation by the report’s author, David Lammy, to offer some first-time offenders the chance to go on rehabilitation programmes rather than face trial. Lammy has said this would help tackle racial disparities in the system.

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