UK Justice

Cameron's Prison Visit Got Very Awkward When He Was Given This Message

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK

Here's a sight some of his fiercest critics will be pleased with - David Cameron behind bars. The Prime Minister was visiting HMP Onley ahead of a...

From Inmates to Entrepreneurs

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

In a society where freelancing and entrepreneurship are transforming the nature of work, those disadvantaged vis-à-vis conventional employment (such as ex-offenders) have the most to gain.

What Might Our Politicians Learn From 'Making a Murderer'?

Sam Larcombe | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Larcombe

I have spent the last few nights almost apoplectic at the injustice of it all! How can this be right? How can the police get away with it? Two innocent men face life imprisonment for a crime they surely did not commit. Where is the justice?

What Would a True Islamic State Look Like?

Damir Rafi | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Damir Rafi

A State in which its Muslim citizens are prepared not only to live in peace with those of other faiths, but be willing to fight and die to safeguard their rights. A State in which a matchless spirit of peace is forged on the precepts of complete justice. A State in which there exists unity in diversity, in which there is light and compassion instead of darkness and hatred...

Hundreds Of Prisoners Have Been Released Early By Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 28.12.2015 | UK

Convicted murderers and other violent criminals have been released early from prison by mistake, new figures have revealed. Over the last decade, 5...

Prisons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Juliet Lyon | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Over half of the 50 prisoners interviewed for the study reported three or more mental health problems including anxiety, depression, anger, difficulty in concentration, insomnia, and an increased risk of self-harm. Almost half of the 49 officers interviewed said that they would benefit from more mental health training and that further training should be offered.

It's Our F**king Future - Let's Reclaim It At COP21

James Crawley | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
James Crawley

Of all the media coverage surrounding the COP21 talks on Youth and Future Generation day there is one slightly alternative hashtag that fills me with excitement: #ItsOurFuckingFuture

The Criminal Courts Charge Is an Injustice to Every British Citizen

Tulip Siddiq | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Tulip Siddiq

This affront to our legal system is plain for all to see. Michael Gove must make good on his promise and listen to the cries of judges, barristers, magistrates and - most importantly - the vulnerable. There may be a need to save costs, but this is a price too high to pay.

A Question of Incompetence

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Has there ever been a Cabinet minister more inept than Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons? He is a man who can be utterly relied upon to get things wrong, a man whose lack of judgement and staggering incompetence defy belief.

UK Judicial System Fails Transgender Female Inmate

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Imagine a society in which a 26 year old transgender female, who has lived her whole entire life as a woman, and undergone 6 years of gender reconstructive surgery to finally feel emotionally content in her own skin, committed a minor crime, and was sent to one of the countries toughest prisons to serve her 12 week sentence. Sounds barbaric, doesn't it? Wouldn't happen in the UK? Well unfortunately that's not the case.

Following the Evidence to Reduce Reoffending

Jerry Petherick | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

From Texas to Tasmania, penal systems around the world are asking profound questions about the purpose of prisons and the balance that society demands between punishment and rehabilitation.

Shaker Aamer and Our Responsibility

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of a UCL Rent Striker

Jamal Thomas Rizvi | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jamal Thomas Rizvi

Six months after the strike began, we finally have what we deserve. We didn't let UCL walk all over us despite their significant resources. We made ourselves heard and as a result, we are now being compensated for our full third term's worth of rent - £1,638 each.

Human Rights Accountability - When a Swimming Pool Visit Ends in a Police Van

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Sanchita Hosali

On 2 October 2000 our Human Rights Act became law, protecting universal human rights across the UK. Fifteen years on, this October BIHR has organis...

Yes, We Still Need Feminism in 2015

Julian Norman | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Norman

For those who say we have equality, that we don't need feminism: yes, we do. A voting card was not a certificate of achievement; it was the starting gun for an endurance event. We need feminism for ourselves, we need it in memory of those women, and we need it for the safety of our daughters.

Magistrate Shows Asylum Seeker 'Compassion', Ends Up Being Suspended

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK

A magistrate has been praised for trying to help cover the cost of a destitute asylum seeker's court fee - something that led to him being suspended a...

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

People Could Use Drones To Smuggle Guns And Drugs Into Prisons

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

The use of drones with the potential to drop drugs and firearms into prisons, is an “emerging threat”, an intelligence expert has warned. Accor...

Pensioner Prisoners - New Regimes for an Aging Population

Jerry Petherick | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

The prison population, in common with the rest of the UK, is aging. Recent figures show that in 2002 just over one in 20 prisoners was aged 50 or ove...

Jeremy Corbyn's Campaign Has Already Succeeded In Returning Decency and Compassion To the Political Mainstream

John Wight | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

For far too long we have been accustomed to a political culture shorn of compassion, decency, and solidarity. We're all familiar with the script: a leader, or prospective leader, is someone who isn't afraid to 'make the tough choices', 'tell us how it is', 'be unpopular', 'take the hard rather than the easy decisions', etc, etc.

An Agenda for Change

Jacob Tas | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jacob Tas

Investment in communities is essential for any government. Nacro and other organisations like us change lives and transform communities. Our work is difficult and complex. It is rooted in working with individuals and communities to move people forward and help people to see and reach their potential.

Justice Is a Team Effort

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

I had the great pleasure and privilege to chair an extremely high-powered debate on justice a few days ago. Dozens of judges and magistrates, senior...

Campaigners Are Claiming Victory Against The Snoopers' Charter

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK

Civil liberties campaigners have claimed a victory against a proposed expansion of authorities' power to spy on your phone calls and online activity a...

Fees On 'Barrier To Justice' Set To Be Reviewed

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics

Employment tribunal fees are set to be reviewed by the Government following claims the charges are deterring employees taking legitimate action agains...

I'd Rather Be a Hatton Garden Jewel Thief Than a Banker

John Wight | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
John Wight

The amount involved in the Hatton Garden heist is said to be around £200million. Compared to the £122billion in taxpayers money trousered by the banks in response to the financial crisis caused by their greed and recklessness, it's a mere drop in the ocean.