Tag: Criminal Justice
Stephen Lawrence family ‘targeted’ by police
Trust in the London police has hit a new low after revelations that undercover police attempted to smear the victim’s family during a long and disastrously mishandled murder investigation.
Nigella Lawson’s husband cautioned after assault
The celebrated cookery writer and ‘domestic goddess’ Nigella Lawson has been pictured suffering an attack by her husband. Police have stepped in, but what does the reaction mean?
Teenager escapes prosecution for ‘hate tweets’
Police have decided to drop the case against the 17-year-old whose offensive tweets forced her to resign as the UK’s first youth police commissioner. Does Paris Brown deserve to be vilified?
‘Out-of-control’ dogs kill 14-year-old girl
After a group of dogs savaged a schoolgirl in greater Manchester, calls to change the the law have intensified. But should regulation and punishment focus on the animals or their owners?
Top politician and wife brought low by lies
He was once a cabinet minister, and very nearly leader of a political party. Now Chris Huhne is a disgraced ex-MP facing jail. Why would he risk everything for the sake of a lie?
Calls to arm police force after officers murdered
Most British police go unarmed, but the double murder of two young WPCs has led to calls for tougher protection for officers and harsher treatment of offenders and suspects.
Lessons in law from world’s ‘most humane’ prison
Halden Prison in Norway looks more like a high-class hotel than a maximum security jail. This week, one reporter took a look inside. Is kindness the best way to deal with criminals?
Horror in Honduras after deadly prison blaze
Nearly four hundred men are dead after the worst prison fire in a hundred year raged through a Latin American jail. The tragedy raises hard questions about the ethics of imprisonment.
Attack on prisons fuels riots debate
Though the riot flames have died down, the political debate is hotter than ever. In a new attack on the effectiveness of the UK prison system, Ken Clarke argues for more rehabilitation.