UK Justice

Even in Guantanamo They Have Lawyers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

Ukip won no seats at that election, of course. Just as they have won no seats since. Yet this week's Queen's Speech shows that, even without policies, Farage is starting to shape Britain in his image. For some migrants, that Britain will look a little like Guantanamo Bay.

Women's Organisations Mobilise to Reform Justice

Juliet Lyon | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Juliet Lyon

Prison is our least visible, most neglected, public service. Perhaps no surprise then, that when people in communities turn their attention to the state of our prisons and the state of people in them, many feel impelled to get involved in changing a flawed justice system.

Domestic Abuse Will Only Be Stopped if Every One of Us Refuses to Accept It

Helen Grant | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

In England and Wales one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse over the course of their lifetime, and in the last year around 400,000 women were sexually assaulted and 60,000 raped. Behind each of those horrifying statistics is a woman or child whose life has been ruined.

Capital Punishment - It's Not the Answer in a Civilised Society

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Capital punishment is no easy answer. It is a barbaric, horrific and out-dated relic, tainted by the nightmare grisly ceremony of the whole process, something incongruous to a modern society and rightly consigned to the dustbin of history. It must never return.

How Can We Trust the Crime Commissioners?

Bob Morgan | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

For better or worse we have politicians in charge of the Police and whilst some of us think that is a bad idea things have to change if we are to have trust in them.

A State Funeral for Thatcher Is an Insult to Justice

John Wight | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Awarding what amounts to a state funeral to Margaret Thatcher is an obscenity and an insult to the millions who suffered as a direct result of her time in office and afterwards under the ideology, Thatcherism, which bears her name.

Treat Attacks Against Sex Workers as 'Hate Crimes' Before Someone Gets Murdered

Andrew Boff | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

Criminals often target sex workers and other 'hate crime' groups, before moving on to the wider public. Two of the most notorious serial killers Peter Sutcliffe and Gary Leon Ridgway initially murdered sex workers before targeting other women. So if we can get sex workers to report crimes, everyone gains.

Forget About Paris Brown, the Police Are Good Tweeters

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Another police-Twitter scandal over the weekend. The feed of 17 year old Paris Brown, the first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, contained some pretty stupid things she'd tweeted a couple of years ago. This is a new genre of story: public-servant-said-something-silly-on-Twitter.

Capital Punishment, If You Hang Someone, They Suffer No More

Gareth Milner | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Milner

If we as a country brought back the death penalty, what of the risk of wrongful convictions? Could you live with the thought of being a juror who ended up sending an innocent man to his death? I certainly couldn't that's for sure.

Challenging Hate Crime: A New Hate Crime Agenda?

Una Morris | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Una Morris

Hate crime is not a new concept. Throughout history there are many examples of groups being marginalised, oppressed and discriminated against. Many of the world's conflicts have stemmed from hatred towards particular groups, and genocide is hate crime in its extremist form. Hate crime is most definitely a human rights issue and should be treated as such.

Cautions for Serious and Repeat Offenders Under Review

Damian Green | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Green

Serious and repeat criminals should not expect to escape with a caution and the public and victims have a right to expect such people who have committed a crime to be brought before a court.

Abu Qatada, Why he Perhaps Shouldn't Be Deported, and Why Torture Is Wrong

Gareth Milner | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Milner

I don't particularly like Mr Qatada, but if I condone either torture against him, or the use of evidence against him which was gained through torture, then I would be a complete hypocrite if I ever complained about torture against a UK citizen.

The Bedroom Tax - Now More Than Ever It Is Them or Us

John Wight | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The bedroom tax, due to come into force up all over the country on 1 April, must be turned into this Tory-led coalition government's poll tax.

The Special Circumstances of Women Offenders Can't Be Overlooked

Kate Green MP | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Kate Green MP

Women form a relatively small proportion of the criminal justice caseload, but their circumstances are often complex, and they frequently display very high levels of need.

Press Regulation - Why the Status Quo Works

Mikey Smith | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mikey Smith

The problem here isn't that the status quo isn't good enough. The status quo, properly implemented, works. If the police failed to investigate and prosecute phone hacking fully, the answer isn't a tougher regulator, it's a tougher police force.

Mid Staffordshire Deaths and a Lack of Justice

Bob Morgan | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

So if it is saving lives or preventing deaths that matter so much in this country - why haven't we had some high profile police investigations and a high profile trial after the 1200 or so deaths at the Mid Staffordshire, NHS, Foundation, Trust?

Who Is to Blame for Violent Ex-Servicemen?

Alex Ford | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

This story is about young men (and yes, it is mostly men) who leave the forces early, rather than those who have undertaken multiple tours and spent a decent amount of time in the services. It's about those young men who already have a propensity for violence and who can't handle the discipline of the army. It's about how they are discharged and then booted out into society.

Palestinian Prisoners in Israel: Time to End the Injustice

Keith Taylor | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Last year saw more than 3800 Palestinians arrested and detained by Israeli security services. This constitutes a 16% increase compared to 2011. By the end of 2012, more than 4,750 Palestinians were kept in detention inside Israel.

The Justice and Security Bill and the Threat to Accountability

Thomas Grant | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Grant

The bill, under this light, can be seen as an effective and convenient way to get rid of claims which shines scrutiny over British intelligence agencies. This will no doubt be a win for the security establishment as it will become harder for accountability and transparency to be reached amongst claims against them

What a Pitiful People We Are

Robert Mercer-Nairne | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Mercer-Nairne

The spectacle of two human beings undergoing what amounts to a slow motion car crash should fill us with deep sadness. Instead, we are the jackals with cameras seeking to capture every nuance of the tragedy so that we may wallow in Schadenfreude, that compelling release of our own follies.

The Demonization of Hugo Chavez

John Wight | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The demonization of Hugo Chavez in the pages of the liberal and right wing press an insult to his record and to the truth, it is an insult to the millions of Venezuelans who supported and voted for him. It is also an insult to any notion of justice.

Why "Execution-Style Killings" Are Anything But

Rob Atkinson | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK
Rob Atkinson

"Execution-style Killing". It's one of those chilling news-story phrases that are fairly frequently-used, lazily, thoughtlessly and as a knee-jerk re...

The Inmate of Rome

Will Bordell | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

It's a relief to be able to call him Joseph.  And it will be a relief once he's treated just like any other Joseph.  It's been said before and it will be said again: there's a Ratzinger-sized space in Rome's nearest prison cell just waiting to be filled.  The former Bishop of Rome should soon become the Inmate of Rome.

The Case Against Private Prisons

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

There is... no solid evidence that private prisons are better than their public sector counterparts. Audits have however found that inexperienced staff and cost cutting measures have left many private prisons struggling to create a safe environment for prisoners.

Jessica Elgot

Private Prisons 'Are Better Than Public Ones' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

Private prisons are more efficient and better at managing re-offending than public prisons, and jails should be put on the open market by the governme...