UK Justice

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Should Rape Defendants Be Anonymous?

Sarah Lothian | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Lothian

So why should rape and sexual assault be treated differently? Either we have faith in our justice system, or we don't... By protecting defendants, what are we saying about our confidence in the evidence presented - which includes the reliability of the witnesses involved?

Magdalene Laundries: Northern Ireland's Hidden Shame

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Corrigan

Today, it is our generation's and our governments' reputation for honour, not that of the Magdalene women, which is at stake.

Independent Commission's Public Consultation on Mental Health and Policing

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The police have many roles in our society but we cannot deny that one of their central duties is to protect the most vulnerable individuals and this includes those with mental health issues.

Justice Reinvestment - Adding Up the Benefits

Vicki Helyar-Cardwell | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Vicki Helyar-Cardwell

In the flurry of activity around the Justice Secretary's announcements on rehabilitation and the speedy roll out of payment-by-results in justice, some other potentially more interesting financing schemes are being overlooked despite very promising results.

What Are Our Intelligence Services Doing in Our Name?

Bob Morgan | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the all-party group on rendition, said the Justice and Security Bill would make it more difficult to establish the truth about Britain's complicity in kidnap and torture and make us all less safe. I think he is right about that.

Mexico: Where is the Justice for Regina Martínez?

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

Journalist Regina Martínez was murdered in Mexico's most corrupt state in April 2012; there is widespread suspicion that the official investigation ...