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Blog, Policy briefing | 14 September 2021

Joint briefing on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

The controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill is again sparking public attention. After passing the House of Commons in July, the Bill now enters the House of Lords, with the second reading due on 14 September 2021. The Bill has faced cross-sectoral opposition, including for infringing on civil liberties and deepening racial inequality in the criminal justice system.

Working Chance stands with a coalition of women's rights and criminal justice organisations in highlighting to policymakers how the bill is likely to harm women. We co-signed a briefing, led by Rights of Women, which outlines how the proposed legislation 'represents a deeply authoritarian approach to our fundamental rights and freedoms, containing a raft of measures which erode our civil liberties while failing to engage with or address the complex, underlying causes of violence against women and girls.' The briefing, first circulated during the House of Commons stage, has now been updated and circulated to peers for their consideration.

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