UK Justice

Celebrity S**ts in Bucket / Prisons in Crisis

Georgia Brown | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Georgia Brown

My dad is in maximum-security prison after an unreliable career in armed robbery. He already served ten-years and was finally promoted to an open prison - you know the ones - the kind we reserve for our white-collar criminals like celebrity politicians Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken. Annoyingly my dad didn't write a best seller in the last few months of his stretch...

The High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.

Top Five Tips for Making the Most of the Skoll World Forum

Asim Haneef | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Asim Haneef

I've previously heard some people refer to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford as the 'Oscars of Social Enterprise' - an annual glitzy affair with celebrities and influential figures coming from across the globe to celebrate themselves and drink champagne...

Legal Aid Team: An Animated Response to the Legal Aid Cuts

Jade Jackman | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jade Jackman

Joanna Lumley, Maxine Peake and Simon Callow are just a few of the acclaimed actors supporting the project and whose voices are featured in the animation. The film is produced by href="http://www.fatratfilms.co.uk" target="_hplink">Fat Rat Films

Justice for All Relies on Culture as Well as the Law

Andy Hansen | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK
Andy Hansen

If we want to build a safer and more prosperous world, there needs to be a rapid, massive and sustained increase in the number of people who have access to justice.

A Labour Government Will Deliver the Changes Our Criminal Justice System So Desperately Needs

Sadiq Khan | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

For some time now, it's been clear that our criminal justice system is not up to scratch in the way it treats victims and witnesses. The very people it is designed to serve and protect have been ignored and mistreated. In some cases, victims have themselves been treated as criminals... While the current Victim's Code of Conduct is an improvement on its predecessor, it is still too easily dismissed by those working in the justice system. It is toothless, and the time has come to give it teeth. Putting it into law would strengthen victims' rights in a whole raft of areas.

It's Time to Talk About Mental Health

Miriam Steiner | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Steiner

Mental health is misunderstood in our society. Most people who are aware that mental health exists usually think it's synonymous with mental illness, and see mental illness as something awful and frightening...

Why It's Important to Protest Against Injustice on Holocaust Memorial Day

Dan Glass | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Dan Glass

I believe that memorialisation without action is part of the problem. The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau is as good a time as any to deliver that message.

Being Different Is Not a Crime - False Allegations Do Occur

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Duncan Lindsay

TV Drama 'The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies' hammers home the important message that not all of those arrested for a crime are guilty: Yes, even the strange looking ones.

Let's Break the Silence Around Male Rape

Mike Penning | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Penning

For anyone who's been a victim of sexual abuse, asking for help to recover is a big step, yet to move forward and cope with what's happened it can be crucial... We want to help tackle the stigma that surrounds male victims of sexual violence and encourage them to seek help. I also hope it will encourage more male victims to report the crime and bring their offender to justice.

Has This Sentencing Made Decision Us All Less Safe?

Bob Morgan | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Bob Morgan

What are all those police officers and civil servants, involved in the Prevent Strategy meant to say to families when trying to persuade them to give the authorities information about their own children? You can trust us - your child will be treated as anyone else's? Their job just got harder - this sort of sentencing may well do a lot of harm and make us less safe.

MP Falters at Victim-led Justice

Felicity Gerry | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

Surprising stuff at the IARS Victim conference last week as a UK Government Minister appeared to falter over victim led justice by suggesting that the EU Victim Directive 2012/29/EU ("The Victim Directive") required new domestic law and would need further consultation before implementation on the meaning of "victim".

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

Ched Evans and the Double-Edged Sword of Restorative Justice

Calum Miller | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

There is no doubt that rape is a horrible crime. I would not have mentioned murder and terrorism in the same breath otherwise. But there is a lesson to be learnt here, and it is a lesson of double standards.

Why We Need the European Arrest Warrant

Tony Baldry | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

My Right Honourable Friend the home secretary has quite rightly warned that abandoning the Arrest Warrant would undermine the fight against crime and risk turning Britain into a haven for fugitives. I hope the whole House on Monday will vote on the pragmatic grounds of public safety rather than playing politics.

A Question of Justice Well Served?

Sean Howlett | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK
Sean Howlett

This boy should spend the rest of his life in prison. Psychopaths like him cannot be rehabilitated into society and to suggest that they can puts more innocent people at risk. They need to be removed from everyday life. It is irresponsible for anybody to suggest leniency because of his age.

Thirty Years on, Still No Justice for India's Sikhs

Schona Jolly | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Schona Jolly

Thirty years after the organized murder, rape and displacement of thousands of India's Sikhs, both in Delhi and beyond, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984, India's Sikhs are still waiting for justice.

'Tiger Porn' Victim Bites Back

Myles Jackman | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Myles Jackman

A man walks into a Court. He's charged with an offence under Section 63 of The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 of being in possession of an "extreme pornographic" video of a woman having sex with a tiger... It turned out the "tiger" was a man in a tiger-skin costume, who turns to the camera and says: "That's Grrreat". Hilarious. Except that the joke was on the defendant (Andrew Holland, of Wrexham, North Wales) as the story was on the front cover of The Daily Telegraph and numerous articles published across the globe.

How Soon-To-Be-Released Cop Killer Escaped Hanging By Just Months

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

Warning: graphic details Britain's most notorious police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after 48 years behind bars - despite a ...

No, a Convicted Rapist Should Not Be Allowed to Resume His Former Job

Rachel Thompson | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

If Evans were guilty of murder, I sincerely doubt that his fans would be welcoming him back with open arms. Rape is a serious crime and it ruins lives. The take-home message should Evans be reinstated is that rape is not taken seriously as a crime.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy - Part 1

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The psychological state of empathy and its ongoing practice - in which we imagine ourselves in the position of someone else or of another group of people - is often difficult to summon.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy (Part 2)

Noam Schimmel | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

We live, by and large, in the aggregate, in a permanent state of empathy deficit. If empathy were a more common value there would be less violence and discrimination in the world, both structurally in collective ways and interpersonally, individually.

An 'Unreasonable and Irresponsible' Plan - The House of Lords Slams Government Plans for Children's Super-Prisons

Paola Uccellari | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paola Uccellari

Last week the House of Lords considered the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill as it makes its way through parliament. There are a number of controversial aspects of this Bill - mandatory prison sentences for knife crimes have caught the public's attention. Plans to change the rules on judicial review have got Peers, lawyers and children's charities very worried.

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.