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Published on August 21 2014 in News

An Aberdeen councillor yesterday said the report naming the city as a stronghold for an Italian crime syndicate highlighted the need for Police Scotland to focus on high-level offences in the north-east. Former city council leader, Barney Crockett…

 
Published on August 21 2014 in News

A union leader says cutting staff at a Northumberland prison has led to a "violent culture" between prison walls. Probation workers fear visiting a North prison where a union says cutting officers by more than a third has led to a “violent culture…

 
Published on August 19 2014 in News

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has admitted that prisons in England and Wales face problems with violence, suicides and staff shortages. But he maintained there was "not a crisis in our prisons", saying the government was meeting the challenges…

 
Published on August 18 2014 in News

A pensioner who ended up in prison after a series of personal tragedies has spoken out about the harsh conditions behind bars, how ‘just’ the justice system is, and his unlikely friendship with a murderer. Martin Stevens, 65, was incarcerated in H…

 
Published on August 18 2014 in News

Courts in England and Wales wasted almost £250m last year by remanding people in custody unnecessarily, a prison reform charity has said. The Howard League for Penal Reform said more than 35,000 people remanded in custody in 2013 went on to be acq…

 
Published on August 15 2014 in News

Prisoners submitted almost 9,000 complaints to Scotland's prison service over the past 18 months, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland. Inmates filed 8,976 grievances about issues such as food, staff and bullying between January 2013 and Jul…

 
Published on August 15 2014 in News

‘Independent’ investigations in Ferguson and New York are a start. But now is the time to end unnecessary and excessive force From California to New York, from the streets in Ferguson to those in the south side of Chicago, police brutality continu…

 
Published on August 14 2014 in News

Criminals are to pay for the funerals of murder victims under a new initiative. A £1 million fund has been set up that pools victims' surcharges - special fines imposed by courts upon sentencing - to provide services for those affected by crimes.…

 
Published on August 14 2014 in News

As figures reveal Hull is among the worst areas in the country for criminal re-offending, Mark Williams speaks to former prisoner Paddy Hewick, who now runs a youth club, about the difficulties people face when coming out of prison. FOR most peopl…

 
Published on August 14 2014 in News

Simon Meecham has been found guilty of the murder of his former partner Leanne Meecham on February 13, 2014. My deepest sympathy is with the family and friends of Leanne. Every domestic homicide is a tragedy. It is a tragedy for everyone who knew…