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Locking up children for life in the US

Locking up children for life in the US

While their peers are finding dates for prom, submitting college applications, and starting families, over 2,500 prisoners sit behind bars in the US without the possibility of parole. What makes…

Police taser man carrying toy gun

Police taser man carrying toy gun

Metropolitan police officers fired a Taser nine times at a man sitting on a train in the belief he was carrying a weapon in his briefcase. The use of Tasers…

Perry in glare over US death penalty

Perry in glare over US death penalty

Texas governor and Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry has overseen more executions than any other US governor and is proud of it. Convicted triple murderer Hank Skinner is scheduled…

Tougher sentencing will put pressure on prisons

Tougher sentencing will put pressure on prisons

The jail population in England and Wales could soar towards 95,000 within six years, Whitehall officials forecast yesterday as the Coalition signalled a toughening in its approach to criminal justice…

Alarm at private police operating beyond the law

Alarm at private police operating beyond the law

Hundreds of privately contracted police officers are working for forces across the country despite being unaccountable to the watchdog responsible for investigating deaths in custody, public complaints and allegations of…

Campaigners demand better scrutiny of restraint cases

Campaigners demand better scrutiny of restraint cases

Children's rights campaigners have called on the government to improve scrutiny of the use of restraint against children in immigration cases after major discrepancies were found in accounts of how…

Arizona prison sentences among toughest for many crimes

Arizona prison sentences among toughest for many crimes

Whether it’s putting a shoplifter behind bars for three years or a child-porn user away for 200 years, Arizona imposes among the longest, harshest sentences of any state in the…

Prison bullying linked to suicides in custody

Prison bullying linked to suicides in custody

More effective reporting and recording of bullying among prisoners must be implemented to reduce the number of suicides within custody, according to a report today from the prisons and probation…