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There are 8,554 prisoners presently serving a life sentence in the UK more than France, Germany and Italy combined. According to the Prison Reform Trust’s Bromley Briefings, an analysis of international figures from 2016, the UK is also the European country with the highest proportion of citizens serving life sentences, at 13 per 100,000. This […]
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Construction workers claiming to have been wrongly jailed following an industrial dispute in the 1970s are to challenge a refusal by the miscarriage of justice watchdog to investigate their case. The judicial review is the latest step in an epic fight by the so called Shrewsbury 24 who say they were wrongly convicted of offences […]
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Up to a million people live in legal aid ‘deserts’ with no access to housing lawyers and 15 million live in parts of the country where there is just a single lawyer, according to figures collected by the BBC. The BBC’s Shared Data Unit, drawing on Ministry of Justice stats since 2011-12 before the implementation […]
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I am reminded of the famous Monty Python sketch in which four Yorkshiremen competitively gripe about just how ‘bad’ the bad old days were: ‘There were 150 of us living in a shoebox in the middle of the road,’ says one. ‘Cardboard box?’ replies his friend. ‘You were lucky…’ However, having just completed my fiftieth […]
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A large proportion of adults in Britain are ‘confused’ about what rape is, according t0 a survey commissioned by the End Violence Against Women Coalition. The You Gov poll found that a third of respondents believed that non-consensual sex without physical violence wasn’t ‘usually rape’ and that one in ten people were either unsure or […]
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Drug taking at the troubled HMP Birmingham was ‘barely concealed’ and prisoners could behave badly with ‘near impunity’, inspectors found. The Chief Inspector of Prison, Peter Clarke has taken the unprecedented step to demand the government seize control of one of Britain’s largest privately run prisons. The report by the Chief Inspector of Prison quoted […]
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Last year’s youth justice statistics for England and Wales, published by the government, show that childhood reoffending is higher now than it was 10 years ago, outpacing adult re-offending rates 42% to 28%. But just across the border in Scotland, there is a system in place that the Scottish government claims has ‘a key role […]
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An independent review of mental health legislation has called for the end of using police cells to detain people as well as new rights for patients to challenge the treatment they are being offered. Last year nearly 50,000 were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 and an independent review chaired by Professor Sir Simon […]
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The great fallacy of mandatory sentencing laws is the thought that being tough on crime will deter people from committing crimes in the first place. This is an attractive prospect, as legal professionals and policymakers we strive to see less people incarcerated and going through the criminal legal system. Yet as Ed Davey MP, the […]
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The shadow justice minister has promised to commit a Labour government to reinstating legal aid for benefits appeals as soon as it takes power. Writing for the Guardian yesterday, Labour MP Richard Burgon wrote that out of all the cuts to legal aid, ‘the slashing of advice for ill and disabled people unfairly denied their […]
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