Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin slams court time spent on repeat offenders

Dudley MP Ian Austin has demanded tough action on repeat offenders in the Black Country.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Austin demanded that the Justice Secretary gets repeat offenders locked up and cut the use of out-of-court disposals.

Austin spoke after official figures revealed that Black Country courts spend nearly half their time dealing with people who have already been convicted ten or more times.

He has now written to the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling urging him to make sure that serious cases always come before courts and repeat offenders face jail time.

Speaking at Justice Questions Ian Austin said:

“Official figures show that courts in the Black Country spend nearly half their time dealing with people who have already been convicted on ten occasions.

“I think decent law-abiding majority in Dudley will be appalled about that, and they will want to see a zero-tolerance approach adopted so these people can actually be locked up and kept off the streets.

“Because at the same time as the courts are full of those people, magistrates in Dudley tell me that some offenders, including those accused of assault, robbery, domestic violence and even sexual assault and rape are being dealt with by so-called out-of-court disposals.”

% of people before local courts with ten or more convictions in 2013-2014

Birmingham LJA 41%
Dudley Magistrates 43%
Sandwell LJA 37%
Solihull LJA 42%
Walsall & Aldridge Magistrates 49%
Wolverhampton LJA 48%

Full year-by-year figures are available here.

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