As Liberal democrats, we believe in and support the traditional features of criminal law in Western civilisation, including freedom from arbitrary arrest, freedom from ‘double jeopardy,’ the right to silence, the right to a fair, speedy, and public trial, and the presumption of innocence. We hold these rights to be critical for a free society, and believe they must be preserved.
We believe that rehabilitation, restitution for victims, deterrence and incapacitation (that is, removing perpetrators from society to avoid further harm) are legitimate principles for sentencing, while retribution by the state is not.
We support the continuation of legal aid for low income defendants, and compensation for victims of crime.
We do not support the reintroduction of the death penalty.