Ministry of Justice secures an extra £90 million to support victims and toughen community sentences
MOJ will invest more than £90 million to make our streets safer, improve community sentences and support victims of rape and domestic abuse
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) will invest more than £90 million to make our streets safer, improve community sentences and support victims of rape and domestic abuse after the Chancellor announced new funding in yesterday’s Budget.
Nearly £70 million will go towards toughening community sentences – including the use of new technology such as alcohol monitoring sobriety tags and GPS location tracking.
A further £15 million will help improve the support available for rape victims – such as the recruitment of more Independent Sexual Violence Advisers who help guide victims through the justice system. £5 million will help fund a pilot of new integrated domestic abuse courts which consider family and criminal matters in parallel – providing more consistent support for victims.
This new investment builds on the progress made at last year’s Spending Round, where the government prioritised cutting crime by providing funding to hire 20,000 new police officers, begin the delivery of 10,000 new prison places and to reform the probation system.
Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP said:
"This extra funding will be vital in delivering our promise to better protect the public and restore faith in the justice system.
"From using new tagging technology to monitor offenders’ movements and alcohol intake to boosting support for victims – this government is driving improvements at every stage of the justice system."
Some of the funding for community sentences will also go towards supporting the government’s commitment to breaking the cycle of female offending by diverting women from prison into specialised support services.
In addition, £3 million will go towards launching a Royal Commission into the Criminal Justice System to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice process.
The total funding for MOJ in the 2020 Budget totals £247.5 million, which includes £156 million for maintenance work in the prison estate and was announced last year.