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Why sentence women to short custodial sentences that don’t even work?

Why sentence women to short custodial sentences that don’t even work?

Last week, the justice minister Simon Hughes announced the rollout of a new scheme to help stop women ending up in custody. The women’s prison population currently stands at 3,811,…

Nils Öberg on Sweden’s miraculous prisons

Nils Öberg on Sweden’s miraculous prisons

The state of prisons internationally represents ‘nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen,’ said the director of Swedish Prisons and Probation Nils Öberg last week. Delivering the annual…

Lord Ramsbotham speaks out against Grayling over prison suicide crisis

Lord Ramsbotham speaks out against Grayling over prison suicide crisis

‘Chris Grayling seems to think the private sector is the solution to this avoidable chaos afflicting prisons. His mantra of payment by results has left no one responsible for judging what’s…

Nice work: G4S wins $118 million Guantánamo contract

Nice work: G4S wins $118 million Guantánamo contract

Security company G4S has won a $118 million contract to supply Guantánamo Bay, the US military base in Cuba where the US government unlawfully detains 149 alleged terrorists. The contract news…

Imprisonment should not be the default sentence

Imprisonment should not be the default sentence

Prison should not be the ‘default sentence’, leading criminal justice experts argued this week in a report backed by a former Lord Chief Justice which made a series of recommendations…

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