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Whose time is it anyway?: factors associated with duration in police custody

Kemp, Vicky; Balmer, Nigel J.; Pleasence, Pascoe


Nigel J. Balmer

Pascoe Pleasence


This study is based on a statistical analysis of police custody records. We earlier examined the take-up of legal advice and now turn our attention to the time people spend in police custody. We find that the average time people are detained seems to have risen over recent years and that a number of factors can impact on the length of detention, including differences found between police stations. The expectations that PACE would restrict the length of time individuals are held in custody were not borne out by the data from the police stations included in this study


Kemp, V., Balmer, N. J., & Pleasence, P. (2012). Whose time is it anyway?: factors associated with duration in police custody. Criminal Law Review, 10,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 6, 2012
Publication Date Oct 31, 2012
Deposit Date Mar 20, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2017
Journal Criminal Law Review
Print ISSN 0011-135X
Electronic ISSN 0011-135X
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Criminal Law Review following peer review. The definitive published version V. Kemp, N.J. Balmer, P. Pleasence, Criminal Law Review, issue 10, 2012, is available online on Westlaw UK or from Thomson Reuters DocDel service.


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