UK wanted criminals to be named

| 12/03/2012

uk criminal.jpg(Daily Mail): Hundreds of dangerous criminals whoare on the run – including murderers and rapists – will be named publicly for the first time. Previously, police and government officials had refused to identify these offenders for fear of breaching data protection or human rights rules. But in a major victory for the Daily Mail, ministers are to overturn the ban and publish a list every three months. It is hoped the shift will see more offenders identified with the help of members of the public and put back behind bars. Justice minister Nick Herbert, who campaigned in Opposition for more openness in the criminal justice system, will write to chief constables in coming days to set out how the system will work.

Senior police officers will have to disclose the names unless there are good reasons not to, he will say. The list will include details of those criminals designated as ‘unlawfully at large’. That includes anyone who has escaped from prison, or failed to return to jail from day release.

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