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A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE; The proportion of people who are confident that... FIGURES REVEAL AN ALARMING NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE NOT CONFIDENT THE SYSTEM IS EFFECTIVE.

Byline: ALICE CACHIA

ARELY half of people think the criminal justice system is effective.

BNew analysis from the Office for National Statistics looked at public attitudes into the criminal justice system - including how we feel about the police, courts, and the Crown Prosecution service.

They revealed a shocking picture, with just 53 per cent of people aged 16 and over confident that the criminal justice system is effective.

The criminal justice system reflects the whole process of securing justice against criminals.

It includes the police, courts, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the prison system.

The analysis looked at responses to the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2018 - an annual survey that asks about people's experiences of crimes.

More than of the criminalsystem was on people of a Specific questions revealed that fewer than a quarter of people (24 per cent) felt confident the criminal justice system was effective at rehabilitating convicted offenders and under a third (31 per cent) agreed that probation service is effective at preventing criminals from reoffending.

Just 36 per cent of people were confident that prisons are effective at punishing convicted offenders. The public expressed a lack of confidence in the court system, with only four in 10 agreeing they are effective at given punishments that fit the crime.

twothirds people said justice too soft accused crime Barely half (52 per cent) were confident that courts were effective at dealing with cases promptly.

Fewer than twothirds of people (62 per cent) felt The Crown Prosecution Service was effective at prosecuting people accused of committing a crime.

Nearly (38 per cent) criminal discriminates particular The police saw the highest levels of confidence, with 69 per cent of people agreeing they were effective at catching criminals.

Despite the low rates, overall confidence in the criminal justice system is actually improving. Figures go back as far as the year ending March 2009, when just 38 per cent of people were confident in its effectiveness.

The rate has generally risen each year since.

four in 10 said the justice system against groups or individuals All specific questions apart from one in the analysis saw the public's confidence remain stable or improve from the year before.

The 24 per cent of people who expressed confidence that prisons were effective at rehabilitating convicted offenders was a slight dip from 26 per cent in the year to March 2018.

The criminal justice system as a whole is effective 53%

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or Nearly four in 10 38 per cent) said the criminal justice system discriminates against particular groups or individuals

More than twothirds of people said the criminal justice system was too soft on people accused of a crime

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