Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Lewellyn, says anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a 20 to 30-percent chance that people on bail will re-offend.
Ms. Llewellyn was responding to criticisms of the governments plans to amend the Bail Act, which would make some persons charged with murder ineligible for bail under certain circumstances.
Speaking on Nationwide This Morning, she says of about two cases she handled in court last week, the police found that the accused in the new case was on bail for another.
She says the police have found that between 20 to 30-percent of those on bail will likely re-offend.
Ms. Lewellyn says police investigations are only satisfactory to prosecutors in about 60-percent of cases.