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The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people
Account and assessment of Bastoy prison in Norway where serious convicts are treated with respect, education and dignity and where the recidivism rate shames that of UK prisons.
Fergus McNeill: Punishment – the rights and wrongs
... many commentators have been intrigued by the emergence in the USA of a “Right on Crime” movement within the Republican Party, championed by hardliners such as Newt Gingrich (one of the candidates in the 2012 presidential primaries). Fergus McNeill, noted desistance analyst and criminology professor in Glasgow Uni. comments....
America's 10 Worst Prisons: Walnut Grove
"A picture of such horror as should be unrealized anywhere in the civilized world."
'Time and punishment' now Canada's way
"Any week now, we might expect the Correctional Service of Canada to be renamed Punishment Canada."
Why reforming criminal justice is now a Conservative issue
"New criminal offences and longer sentences under the crime-minded Mr Blair, the prison population has risen by more than 40% since 1997."
The Criminalization of Bad Mothers
"If we turn our back on this, we say to all these good mothers who have made good decisions that it’s meaningless to society to be a good mother or a good father.”
Kingston Pen's children, child killers, murderers and monsters
"Canada's oldest penitentiary to close after nearly 180 years."
Five myths about Americans in prison
"The Supreme Court recently found California’s overcrowded prisons unconstitutional, and state legislators want to cut the vast amounts of public money spent on prison warehousing."
Justice Secretary warning on longer jail terms
"Sending more people to prison for longer sentences in order to cut re-offending “does not work.”
Arizona execution-team requirements eased
"Arizona Department of Corrections removed a requirement that everyone on the execution team needs to have at least one year of current experience."
Homophobic crime: unspoken scourge within Britain's prisons
"Investigation lays bare violent abuse and exposes the taboo that reformers have still not addressed."
Overcrowded prisons are a national disgrace
"Too often prisoners idle away their time without access to education or training."
Too many women in prison for breaching community orders
"Criminal justice report says women-only community centres offering support provide credible alternative to custody."
Canada's only female dangerous offender
"During her 11 years in prison, she has been convicted in five hostage-takings and numerous assaults on staff and other inmates."
Prison doesn't achieve anything, says Ken Clarke
"Prison is an “extremely expensive way” to house criminals, and fails to achieve anything."
Jail For Rioters 'Not The Answer' Says Public
"More than 90% of people want those involved in last month's riots to fix the damage they caused and face their victims, rather than go to prison."
Call for inquiry after seventh teenager dies in custody
"His death comes after five teenagers died in five separate institutions."
Venezuela's Horrific Prison Riot: Why is Hugo Chávez Silent?
"Prisoners' families, meanwhile, complain that soldiers are committing their own atrocities in order to quell the uprising."
Long prison sentences fail not just offenders, but society too
"The tough US sentencing model appeals to the vengeance-hungry British press, but rehabilitation is the key to tacking crime."
Dame Anne Owers: We need to think again about those most at risk in our jails
"Nearly a third who kill themselves do so within the first week."
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