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An independent study published on Thursday by Victims’ Champion Sara Payne calls on the government to "redefine" justice to give greater priority to victims of crime.
The mother of Sarah Payne, who was murdered by a paedophile in 2000, writes, "The most compelling theme throughout my time as Victims' Champion has been the need to treat victims and witnesses as individuals, with individual needs."
Most people think of criminal justice in terms of offenders being apprehended by the police, convicted by the courts, and sentenced to prison. At a time when the prison population is greater than ever (it presently stands at 84,622), perhaps that is unsurprising. The truth, however, is just three per cent of people who report a crime ever see a courtroom. What does justice mean for these people?