Government to review controversial release under investigation

Tens of thousands of suspects are being released under investigation without any time limits or conditions, according to the Law Society, but the government has announced it is to review the rules.

06 Nov 2019

Tens of thousands of suspects are being released under investigation without any time limits or conditions, according to the Law Society, but the government has announced it is to review the rules.

Following an investigation, the Society uncovered evidence showing that RUI is being used for a wide range of crimes including rape and murder.

It also found that the use of RUI has increased dramatically since rule changes on the use of bail were introduced in 2017 under the Policing and Crime Act 2017.

RUI is a controversial arrangement under which a suspect is released while investigations remain ongoing, and the police notifies the suspect at some point in the future of its decision whether or not to bring charges.

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