Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are urging the UK to begin decriminalising the use and possession of almost all drugs, following the example of Portugal.Continue Reading ?
There has been a huge increase in the number of drugs finds in Maghaberry prison, County Antrim, over the past two years.
Figures obtained by the BBC show that there was an increase of more than 400% in the number of drugs finds in 2013, compared to 2012.
There were 452 drugs finds in the high-security jail in 2013, compared to 87 in 2012.
During 2014, there were then 224 drug finds in Maghaberry prison.
Each drug find can involve the discovery of ...Continue Reading ?
Nottingham Prison is not safe enough and conditions are poor, a government report has revealed viagra 150.
The chief inspector of prisons published the findings after an unannounced inspection in September.
High levels of violence, including assaults on staff and inmates, barricade incidents and a hostage-taking, were among the concerns.
The National Offender Management Service said a new governor was in post and “rapid improvement” was expected.
Inspectors are due to return soon to assess the prison’s progress.
HMP Nottingham, which dates ...Continue Reading ?
The rights of more than 1,000 UK prisoners were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections, European judges have ruled.
The case was brought by inmates who were in prison during various elections between 2009 and 2011.
This is the fourth time the UK has been found in violation of its blanket ban on giving convicted prisoners the vote.
The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly called for a change in the law but this has not happened.
Both the ...Continue Reading ?
James Lumley-Savile, 39, the great-great-grandson of the Eighth Earl of Scarborough, is alleged to have flown into a drug fuelled rage at Inda Pap that left witnesses fearing for her life.
Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court heard that Lumley-Savile, who is heir to the title Baron Savile, waved the blades around above his head in front of his terrified girlfriend outside his Fulham home.
A minicab driver Miss Pap called in a bid to escape told the court he thought the businessman ...Continue Reading ?
The US is known for its tough criminal justice system, with an incarceration rate far larger than any comparable country. So why is it that Republicans in Texas are actively seeking to close prisons, asks Danny Kruger, a former speechwriter for David Cameron.
Coming from London to spend a couple of days in Texas last month, I was struck most of all by how generous and straightforward everyone was.
Talking to all sorts of different people about crime and punishment, the ...Continue Reading ?
A clever child from a loving middle class home, William Cornick was the most unlikely perpetrator of a crime that would shock Britain.
As the 16-year-old was sentenced to life in prison after becoming the first pupil to kill a teacher in a British classroom, friends said they were stunned by his senseless stabbing of his teacher Ann Maguire.
To the teacher in charge of his year he was ‘a delightful pupil who always gave his best’. Fellow pupils at Corpus Christi ...Continue Reading ?
Only one in six of prisoners in England and Wales have both somewhere to live and a job or training arranged when they are released, inspectors suggest.
A joint inspection into resettlement provision for adult prisoners followed 80 offenders when they left prison.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said it found the role of a prisoner’s family in their resettlement was being overlooked.
It was carried out by Ofsted and the prisons and probation inspectorates.
The inspection said family relationships were ...Continue Reading ?
A man who spent more than 25 years on death row in the US state of Louisiana has walked free from prison after his murder conviction for the 1983 killing of a jeweller was overturned.
Glenn Ford, 64, had been on death row since August 1988.
He had been found guilty of killing 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman, a jeweller for whom Mr Ford occasionally worked.
US media reports say that he is one of the longest-serving death row inmates in modern US history ...Continue Reading ?
A Saudi man who admitted knocking a tooth out of his mother’s mouth after punching her has been told he will have the same tooth broken as punishment.
The unnamed man was also sentenced to five years in jail and 2,400 lashes to be given out at a rate of 40 every 10 days in a local marketplace.
The man, in his 30s, was arrested after his mother contacted the police asking them to rescue her after the attack.
While his mother was ...Continue Reading ?
A “Global Slavery Index” has been released which shows the number of people trapped in modern slavery across the world, and ranks 162 countries accordingly.
India was found to have almost 14 million people living in conditions of slavery – nearly half of the entire number of 30 million worldwide.
In terms of proportion of its population, Mauritania ranked the worst – with as many as 4 per cent of its people regarded as slaves largely because they inherit the status from ...
Mo Farah stopped because his full name is “Mohamed”
As one of the most famous athletes in the world, getting recognised can be a problem for Mo Farah. Everywhere except in American airports, that is.
For more than a year after his double gold medal triumph at London 2012, the Olympic star is still ‘always’ pulled aside by suspicious US customs officials – because his full name is Mohamed, he said today.
Even showing them his medals does not stop them suspecting he ...Continue Reading ?
The Supreme Court has dismissed appeals from two prisoners over the right to vote under European Union rules.
Convicted murderers Peter Chester and
One year ago schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen – her “crime”, to have spoken up for the right of girls to be educated. The world reacted in horror, but after weeks in intensive care Malala survived. Her full story can now be told.
She is the teenager who marked her 16th birthday with a live address from UN headquarters, is known around the world by her first name alone, and has been lauded by ...Continue Reading ?
An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to violent protests across India and new laws against rape.
Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty on all counts earlier this week.
Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell in the “rarest of rare category”, rejecting pleas for lighter sentence.
The woman, 23, was attacked on a bus in December ...Continue Reading ?
Relatives of the September 11 victims gathered at ground zero today to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attack that killed almost 3,000 people.
The moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday marked when the first plane hit the twin towers on a clear, sunny day in 2001. Then, families of the victims started reading aloud the names of those who died.
Along with the names of those who died when the hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and ...Continue Reading ?
Teenage girls who commit serious crimes will no longer be jailed under controversial plans to cut costs.
The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is axing all prison places for girls and will instead house them in secure training centres.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the move showed ‘a deep lack of seriousness’ in the Government’s approach to tackling youth offendingContinue Reading ?
A quick Google search can tell you what John Lennon’s last words were, but for anyone who isn’t a celebrity, last words are either forgotten or unmemorable.
In the case of death row convicts in the state of Texas, they may not all be famous but their words are being preserved forever.
Ever since the death penalty was reinstated in December 1982, last words have been recorded, and more recently they’ve been posted on a penitentiary website.Continue Reading ?