Analysis

Clearer sentencing guidelines offer more support for vulnerable adult offenders

Sentencing Council aims to strengthen legal rights of people with mental health disorders and learning disabilities

Sentencing Council aims to strengthen legal rights of people with mental health disorders and learning disabilities

  • Crimes by people with mental health conditions are often a cry for help, but sentences may not reflect their need for treatment
  • New sentencing rules say mental health disorders and learning disabilities should be considered when judging culpability for offences
  • The guidelines should mean there is more consistency over medical and pre-sentencing reports requested by courts

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New guidelines for sentencing adult offenders with mental health disorders and learning disabilities came into force in England and Wales at the start

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