In brief: CICB chair lambasts Government plans

Lord Carlisle QC, chairman of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, attacked the government's planned sentencing reforms in a speech last Friday at the University of Hertfordshire's Law School. He described the government's Crimes (Sentences) Bill as “unnecessary and unjustified”. He added: “Whatever may happen, one thing one can predict with certainty is that the prison population will be higher than it is at the moment.”