Vera’s View – Changes to police bail.

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 gave police the power to bail someone who has been arrested while they investigate an allegation.Its authors could never have imagined that today there would be an estimated 70,000 people on police bail and that 5,000 of those have been on bail for more than 6 months.

A growing number of politicians, lawyers and former ministers have demanded reform. There are no time limits, which can punish people by restricting their freedom when there is only suspicion against them, not even a charge. The police can add conditions,for instance a curfew, a

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