According to the Herrod, yesterday:
‘Fears are mounting that only those accused of the most serious crimes will be held in police custody after being charged, under a radical overhaul of the justice system. Currently, officers have the option to bail suspects to appear in court at a later date, but it is often only used for first offenders charged with minor crimes such as traffic offences. Now the Scottish Government has extended this as part of the 2016 Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act – which comes into force on Thursday – to allow the police to “take every precaution to ensure a person is not unreasonably or unnecessarily held in police custody”.
Now, just where are those mounting fears being expressed and by just whom? The Herrod is unable to tell us despite its headline. I’m guessing they’ve been made up by the Herrod or its feeders from the opposition parties. So, there are no mounting fears really.
Further, even if the Herrod could tell us where they are, would they be justifiable? In Scandinavia they’ve been imprisoning only the most violent criminals for decades now. They report no increased threat to the general public as a result and have lower re-offending rates:
Scotland has experienced a dramatic fall in violent crime in the last decade. See:
So, it’s maybe time to try the Scandinavian approach. It’s also time, of course, for the Herrod to be a bit more mature and stop trying to scare the old folk who might still be up for voting No next time.