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Austerity will unleash mayhem. Prison breakouts are just the start | Owen Jones

Austerity will unleash mayhem. Prison breakouts are just the start | Owen Jones

The consequences of cuts made years ago are now becoming visible: rising food poverty, failing flood defences and disorder in the prison system“Austerity” is a term so abstract that, during the
Ian Acheson: ‘If you don’t have safety and control in prisons, you have nothing’ | Erwin James

Ian Acheson: ‘If you don’t have safety and control in prisons, you have nothing’ | Erwin James

Last week’s riot at HMP Birmingham highlighted the chronic lack of frontline staff in our jails. The government needs to act, says the former prison governorLast week’s riot at HMP Birmingham and
Remember when legal aid was slashed? The awful effects are taking hold | Frances Ryan

Remember when legal aid was slashed? The awful effects are taking hold | Frances Ryan

A new volunteer-run law centre in Manchester is the exception. More commonly, advice services across the country are either closed or strugglingOut of a red-brick shop front in Manchester’s Moss Side,
Justice system needs joined-up thinking | Letters

Justice system needs joined-up thinking | Letters

Responses to the prison and criminal justice crisis from Professor Joe Sim, Julian Le Vay and Nik WoodAndrea Albutt, the president of the Prison Governors Association, is correct to say that
England’s prisons are war zones. Unless austerity ends, things will get worse | Dev Maitra

England’s prisons are war zones. Unless austerity ends, things will get worse | Dev Maitra

I have witnessed the proliferation of gangs and violence, and the rock-bottom morale of staff. The need for funding is now desperate • Dev Maitra is a criminologist and ethnographerThe last time I
Call for inquest into IRA Guildford pub bombings to be reopened

Call for inquest into IRA Guildford pub bombings to be reopened

Lawyers acting for sister of Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully jailed for 15 years, call for completion of process for five who diedLawyers representing two individuals affected by the IRA’s 1974
Moors murderer Ian Brady buried at sea after cremation

Moors murderer Ian Brady buried at sea after cremation

Ashes sunken in weighted urn somewhere off Liverpool after authorities had body secretly incinerated without ceremonyThe body of the Moors murderer Ian Brady has been secretly cremated and his ashes
Rise in 'dark and troubling' sexual offences by children sparks concern

Rise in 'dark and troubling' sexual offences by children sparks concern

MPs say growing use of sex as a form of violence among gangs might be behind increase in serious sexual crimes among childrenA rise in “dark and very troubling” sexual offences among children,
Police review 10,000 cases in forensics data 'manipulation' inquiry

Police review 10,000 cases in forensics data 'manipulation' inquiry

Police investigate alleged manipulation at Manchester lab in mass recall of samples from criminal cases in England and Wales Ten thousand criminal cases in England and Wales are being reviewed after
Our shameful policy of locking up young people | Letters

Our shameful policy of locking up young people | Letters

Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform says we should be closing down our youth prison system, not expanding it; David Scott says England and Wales stand virtually alone in the EU in the
’Irrelevant’ criminal record checks harm ex-offenders’ job hopes

’Irrelevant’ criminal record checks harm ex-offenders’ job hopes

Critics call for overhaul of system, saying many convictions disclosed are at least a decade old and some jobs request unnecessary enhanced checksThe criminal records system is hampering the
Sean Rigg's family say decision not to charge police is 'shameful'

Sean Rigg's family say decision not to charge police is 'shameful'

Family of London man who died in police custody in 2008 accuse prosecutors of setting ‘impossibly high bar’ for evidence in cases of alleged police misconductFive Metropolitan police officers involved
Ombudsman called in after death of 12th immigration detainee

Ombudsman called in after death of 12th immigration detainee

Michael Netyks from Poland had been serving a six-month sentence at a private jail in Liverpool run by G4SAn investigation has been launched after the death of a 12th immigration detainee this
Number of children penalised for knife possession rises 16%

Number of children penalised for knife possession rises 16%

Figures for 10- to 17-year-olds in England and Wales show 2017 will be one of worst years in decades for child knife deathsThe number of 10- to 17-year-olds cautioned or sentenced for knife possession
Conditions at Liverpool prison the worst ever inspected, says report

Conditions at Liverpool prison the worst ever inspected, says report

Inspectors describe ‘squalid’ state of jail including rat and cockroach infestations and damp cells with exposed wiringInmates at Liverpool prison are living in the worst conditions inspectors have
The Guardian view on rape and the police: justice first | Editorial

The Guardian view on rape and the police: justice first | Editorial

Two young men have had the terrible ordeal of being wrongfully charged for one of the worst of crimes. But this is a failing of process. It must not be an excuse to fan the flame of misogynyThe
‘Stretched’ police would use extra funds to tackle knife crime, says Met chief

‘Stretched’ police would use extra funds to tackle knife crime, says Met chief

Cressida Dick says police would plough any additional resources into combating violence on London’s streetsMore resources would be put into combating knife crime if extra funds were available, the
Why is John Worboys being released after less than 10 years?

Why is John Worboys being released after less than 10 years?

There is outrage over the imminent release of one of the UK’s most persistent sex attackers. How has it come about? The Parole Board decision to recommend the serial sex attacker John Worboys for
John Worboys: alleged victims ready to bring fresh prosecutions, lawyer says

John Worboys: alleged victims ready to bring fresh prosecutions, lawyer says

Women who were denied criminal trial but succeeded in civil case against serial sex offender are ‘devastated’ at his releaseAlleged victims of the serial sex offender John Worboys are ready to bring
Minister rejects call for in-depth inquiry into John Worboys case

Minister rejects call for in-depth inquiry into John Worboys case

David Gauke backs proposals for greater Parole Board transparency, and Worboys victim reveals fears over his releaseThe new justice secretary, David Gauke, has rejected calls for an “end-to-end