Under the new Community Remedy, victims of antisocial behaviour and low-level crime will be given the right to choose a Community Payback punishment for the perpetrator of their crime. New Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), who will be elected on 15 November, will provide a list of punishment options so that the victims of crime can choose an appropriate punishment for perpetrators sentenced to an out-of-court community punishment.
Lewis said: ‘For too long the victims of anti-social behaviour have felt ignored and that their concerns have not been taken seriously enough. So-called ‘low-level crime’ can cause misery to victims, but they often feel let down. With the Community Remedy, victims of anti-social behaviour will be put first and will have the chance to choose the offender’s punishment from a range of options devised by the new PCC. Community sentences cannot be a soft touch – they need to be a tough punishment.’
‘On 15 November, Gloucestershire should vote for Victoria Atkins to become the new PCC, precisely because of her experience as a criminal barrister, which means that she knows which punishments work and deter ‘low-level’