UK Justice

Yet Another Report On Black People In The Criminal (In)justice System

Dr Suzella Palmer | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
Dr Suzella Palmer

We do have the power and the wherewithal to make a difference where the government won't, and if not now, then when?

Don't Throw Away The Key On Our Prisons

James Hargrave | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

We can no longer afford our prisons to be put on the backburner. Fixing them is the politically expedient thing to do as well as the morally right thing to do. Because when the riots start and the crime rates soar, who do you think the public are going to blame?

Ministers Should Take The Sun's Advice And Reduce Prison Numbers

Peter Dawson | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Dawson

The national shame of a prison system now so far from the standards of a civilised country should prompt the Justice Secretary for England and Wales to reassess that craven assumption on public attitudes towards sentencing. One of his predecessors, Mr Gove, made much of a visit to Texas to see de-carceration in action - a short flight to Edinburgh might be both cheaper and more instructive.

Unison Supreme Court Victory On Employment Tribunal Fees

Richard Burgon | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Burgon

Congratulations to Unison for their historic victory at the Supreme Court. It is just a shame that the Government did not listen to the trade unions, the legal community or to the Labour Party. If the Government had done so, it would not have found itself in the shameful position it now does - having been brought bang to rights for unlawfully restricting access to justice for its own citizens.

Unmet Legal Need

Bina Patel | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Bina Patel

Hogan Lovells alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pro Bono recently launched a report highlighting the lack of legal services in Lon...

The Need For A Rehabilitation Revolution In Prison Mental Health

Peter Jones | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Peter Jones

Community over custody Those who end up in custody with mental health issues are often not criminals; they are human beings let down by a failing men...

Watching My Friend Endure A Rape Trial Confirmed Everything I Knew About Rape Culture

Caitlin Roper | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

In the week leading up to Christmas, I had a lot of festive-type things on my to-do list. Purchasing gifts, finally putting up the tree, and preparing to go away to visit family. But that's not what I did.

Are You Too Intelligent To Be The Victim Of A Crime?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

When my ex-partner tried to murder me by putting a gun to my head, I was at the top of my game. I had reached a point with my PR companies where I was the go-to for giving voice to the voiceless; I was winning awards for making waves in marketing and diversity. Yes, I consider myself to be an intelligent woman. I also had a vast circle of friends and colleagues and a close-knit family. My greatest obstacle to freedom was my own overbearing feeling of shame.

Britain's Top Judge Launches Scathing Attack On Daily Mail And Liz Truss Over Brexit Case

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK

Britain’s most senior judge has launched a scathing assault on Justice Secretary Liz Truss for her reaction to the landmark legal case over Brexit. ...

Tackling Racial Disparity In Our Prisons Starts With Building Trust

Phil Bowen | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Phil Bowen

On her first day as Prime Minister, standing on the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May said "If you're black, you are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you're white. " She is right - as starkly demonstrated in our prisons.

American Prisons Need Reform

Ashish Prashar | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

In the last 30 years, America has become the prison capital of the world. What has propelled the land of the free to become the isle of the incarcerated is the rise of for-profit prisons. Today there are over 2.3million people behind bars, more than in China.

Can Prisons Be More Than 'Warehouses Of Pain'?

Graham Tomlin | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Graham Tomlin

We need to decide what prison is for. Is the emphasis on locking away those who have committed crimes, so we don't have to think about them, or is it engaging with the issues that put them there and offering skills and support to prevent them returning?

African Dictators Can Run, But They Can't Hide

Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D. | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Politics
Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D.

Nowadays, rulers who have blood on their hands are likely to end up behind bars when the halls of power close. When Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivory Coast president, was hauled from his bunker and sent to the Hague, it served notice to tyrants that they can run, but can no longer hide.

Why Victims Of Crime Should Be Able To Ask The Perpetrator 'Why Me'

Lucy Jaffe | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Lucy Jaffe

I have seen first-hand how empowering restorative justice can be in giving the victim a voice and the chance to ask questions and helping address the harm caused. Restorative justice is not a soft option and does not lead to offenders escaping punishment.

Justice In 2017 - Nice If You Can Afford It

Justin Madders | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.

Child Criminals Should Get Lifelong Anonymity, Review Recommends

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK

Child criminals should be given life-long anonymity to reduce reoffending rates, a government-commissioned review has recommended. Ministers are con...

Labour Lambasts Government Over Access To Justice 'Crisis' Following Legal Aid Cuts

Oliver Carter | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Carter

If you value access to justice and the rule of law, we urge you to join us in campaigning for a sustainable, effective and fair system of legal aid which ensures that no one is denied justice because of their inability to pay.

The Government's Innovative White Paper On Prison Reform

The Tartan Con | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
The Tartan Con

Understaffed prisons lead to deaths. In the last 10 years over 750 people have taken their own lives in prison and over 36,000 people have self harmed. Now if one of those deaths or one of those incidents of self harm was the result of understaffing then who do we hold culpable?

If We Are To Defeat The Trump Ideology, We Must Understand What 'Freedom' Really Means

Damir Rafi | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Damir Rafi

When British gymnast Louis Smith was seen mocking Islam in a video, he was sent death threats by those who took offence at his behaviour. When he made...

Radical Proposals For Prison Reform

Mat Ilic | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mat Ilic

The Secretary of State for Justice Liz Truss presented her Prison Safety and Reform White Paper this week. A full nine months in gestation (since the ...

Senegal. Do Women Have Access To Justice?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

'Sexual harassment, well that's everywhere!' says one schoolteacher in the small dusty town of Mbour. I'm in the small West African nation of Senegal ...

Our Prisons Are Houses Of Human Misery

Andrew Neilson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Neilson

We are glibly throwing ever more people into this river of violence, of drugs, of boredom and mental distress, and somehow magically thinking that this will make them better people. It does not.

Ched Evans: This Verdict Was Personal; I Need To Look For Silver Linings

Emily Jacob | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

Because I cannot live in a world which has no hope, I need to look for the silver linings. And I do see them.

We Need A Focus On Hidden Hate Crime

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Let us not forget that if people are vulnerable, it is because of the circumstances in which they find themselves, rather than being vulnerable per se. The more we invest in supporting disabled people to feel fully included in society, the more we prevent incidents such as hate crime occurring.

It's Easier For Inmates To Get Drugs Than Clean Sheets Or Clothing At This Prison

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK

It is easier to get hold of drugs than clothes or bedding at one “substandard” prison, a watchdog has found. An unannounced inspection of HMP Bedf...