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Published on September 3 2015 in General

We knew that America’s justice system, and in particular its prisons, was one of the least attractive aspects of the world’s richest civilisation. With the largest penal population on the planet, often serving in dangerous and neglected conditions, A…

 
Published on September 3 2015 in General

MEASURES to clamp down on mobile  phones found in prison cells have been welcomed by Burton's MP. Andrew Griffiths has received a response from Andrew Selous, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice, after he raised concerns about pris…

 
Published on September 3 2015 in General

Norway has sent a group of inmates to a jail in the Netherlands because its own prisons are too full. “The first prisoners have arrived,” Karl Hillesland, the Norwegian head of Norgerhaven prison in the Netherlands said on Tuesday. Due to lack of spa…

 
Published on September 1 2015 in General

Prison officials in Pakistan have been given 24 hours to explain how they intend to hang a wheelchair-bound prisoner.  The 43-year-old was convicted of murder in 2009 but developed tuberculosis one year later, leaving him paralysed from the waist dow…

 
Published on September 1 2015 in General

Prison officials in Pretoria confiscated a computer hard drive from paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius during a raid on his prison cell earlier this year, as part of an investigation into a Czech mob boss, according to reports.  The Johannesburg ba…

 
Published on September 1 2015 in General

The official lifting on the ban on sending books to prisoners, which comes into effect on Tuesday, finally brings to an end one of the most irrational and baffling Ministry of Justice policy decisions in recent times. When I consider my life before p…

 
Published on August 30 2015 in General

A prison rapped for being awash with “legal highs” had 30 ambulances sent to its gates in the last month. The 999 calls were made by staff at HMP Northumberland, where the ambulances are dubbed Mambulances - after the cannabis substitute Black Mamba.…

 
Published on August 30 2015 in General

Growing fears that some of Britain’s jails are awash with spice – a psychoactive drug blamed for an increase in violence behind bars – have seen one of London’s oldest prisons introduce an amnesty under which prisoners can hand in the drug without fe…

 
Published on August 30 2015 in General

Exclusive: Lifers might actually die behind bars [Serial killer Angus Sinclair] NC Serial killer Angus Sinclair The move will delight campaigners who believe the justice system has gone soft under the SNP, with ministers accused of making "excuses" t…

 
Published on August 30 2015 in General

Sheep rustlers stole more than half a million pounds’ worth of animals as part of an organised crime racket that ravaged Wales’ rural communities last year. The figures come as it emerged rural crime cost Welsh farmers £1.7m in 2014. A total of £637,…