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Ministry of Justice

Making sure that crime doesn't pay

Status: Closed - with response

Open date: 10 November 2006

Close date: 09 February 2007

Responses published: 14 January 2009

The issue of criminals writing about and profiting from their crimes has long been a source of concern. In conjunction with the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Office, we set out a range of options for tackling this problem in a consultation paper published in November 2006.

Consultation paper

The consultation paper set out four options, which included:

making receipt by and payment to convicted criminals of money for publications about their crimes a criminal offence
introducing a new civil scheme for the recovery of profits
extending the self-regulatory approach governing the press to other groups such as book publishers and filmmakers.
doing nothing.


We received a total of 24 responses to the consultation. After considering the responses we have decided to create a civil scheme to recover the proceeds of criminals who exploit stories about their crimes. The necessary provisions will be included in the Coroners and Justice Bill.