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Published on April 17 2014 in News

When we were little, we used to tell our mama she had good ears. My little sister and I would whisper under the covers in our bed after lights out, and somehow mom could always hear us. She'd tell us to quit talking and go to sleep. Tomorrow I'm g…

 
Published on April 17 2014 in News

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo has a crazy idea: Let's put policies into effect that will help lower the recidivism rate of prison inmates. Specifically, the governor wants to extend a program that gives free college education to inmates so…

 
Published on April 17 2014 in News

The other day I visited a really remarkable organisation in Lambeth, south London, which is dedicated to helping drug and alcohol addicts to get their lives on track. What is impressive about the Aurora project is that it shows the power of one addic…

 
Published on April 14 2014 in News

Chris Grayling has a fistful of excuses for the prisoner book ban. The most consistent of these is that it would be impossible for prisons to allow a free flow of parcels to inmates. In a letter to the Poet Laureate, the justice secretary wrote…

 
Published on April 14 2014 in News

WHEN a passing cyclist intervened as a drunk racially abused two Asian women in Nottingham city centre, it changed both men's lives. Shad Ali, punched to the ground and kicked in the face, ended up in an operating theatre. His assailant Glenn Jack…

 
Published on April 14 2014 in News

The father of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence has told a conference that police were still treating members of the black community as if they were "thieves and robbers". Asked if there was still tensions between police and the black commu…

 
Published on April 13 2014 in News

THE futility of locking many women up in prison has long been recognised. Most female prisoners are behind bars for low-level offences such as shoplifting, drugs crimes and breach of the peace. Many have mental health issues or are victims of phys…

 
Published on April 10 2014 in News

Billy Bragg, who is part of an initiative that has donated more than 350 guitars to prisons, said Chris Grayling's new rules threaten to undermine his charity's work. The musician told the BBC that they meant prisoners would no longer be able to a…

 
Published on April 10 2014 in News

There are 10 times more mentally ill Americans in prisons and jails than in state psychiatric hospitals, a report published Tuesday found — adding that those individuals’ conditions often deteriorate while they are incarcerated. The report, “The T…

 
Published on April 10 2014 in News

STUDENTS got a real-life lesson in politics when they quizzed Justice Secretary Chris Grayling about everything from legal aid cuts to books in prisons. The cabinet minister was invited to Newcastle College to give young people an insight into his…