Ministers plan to slash the number of women sent to prison amid complaints that women behind bars are exposed to increased risks of mental illness, self-harm and even suicide. The Government plans to use the forthcoming sentencing review to reverse the rising numbers of women jailed – often on remand or for “minor” offences such as shoplifting.
Tag: Prison Reform
A 41-year-old woman who conspired to murder her husband and stepson has been executed in the US state of Virginia. Teresa Lewis was the first woman to be put to death in the US for five years and in Virginia since 1912.
Other than their egregious history of colonialism, impenetrable regional accents and soccer hooliganism, the British have a well-earned reputation for being very, very civilized. Quite!
The anti-death penalty movement is an offshoot of the global human rights movement as expressed by private associations and later by a variety of governments.
Toward the beginning of “The Autobiography of an Execution,” David Dow relaxes after a speech with the celebrated death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean. “It was the first time I went drinking with a nun.”
Harrowing stories of abuse suffered at a North East borstal are featured in a new documentary. Pervert prison officer Neville Husband preyed on inmates at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, in County Durham, in the 1970s and 1980’s.
On 6 July 2009, an inquest jury recorded a highly critical verdict of neglect in the death of Godfrey Moyo in HMP Belmarsh. Twenty-five-year-old Godfrey Moyo, a Zimbabwean, died while on remand at the Category A Belmarsh prison on 3 January 2005 in the early hours of the morning after suffering an epileptic fit.
A vulnerable model prisoner whose treatment in Armley jail was described as “monstrous” killed himself in his cell. The man, a remand prisoner with no criminal record, was treated ‘worse than a dog’ by prison staff in the days before his death it was alleged at an inquest.