MPs to discuss reform of UK’s Victorian-era abortion law – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2017 in abortion, bills, crime, medicines, news, women by sally

‘In years to come, it may be regarded as one of the last battles for women’s autonomy. Under an obscure Victorian law, passed when women did not even have the vote, the decision to terminate an unplanned pregnancy using pills in the privacy of a home is punishable by life in prison – for the woman and any doctor who helps her.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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Courts to take greater account of young offenders’ backgrounds when passing sentence – The Independent

Posted March 7th, 2017 in crime, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘Young offenders will have their backgrounds examined in greater detail under a new sentencing regime which will take into account whether they have suffered trauma.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2017

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What is the no recourse to public funds condition? – Free Movement

Posted February 21st, 2017 in benefits, crime, freedom of movement, immigration, news, social security by sally

‘The “no recourse to public funds” condition is imposed on grants of limited leave to enter or remain with the effect of prohibiting the person holding that leave from accessing certain defined public funds. A person who claims public funds despite such a condition is committing a criminal offence and there may well be future immigration consequences as well, as any existing leave can be curtailed or a future application refused.’

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Free Movement, 21st February 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Police let 15 rapists off with apology – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 13th, 2016 in cautions, community service, crime, news, rape by sally

‘Fifteen rapists have faced no further justice than being asked to say sorry thanks to a crime resolution strategy designated for “less serious crimes.”‘

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2016

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One in 10 crimes recorded by police are domestic abuse cases – ONS – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in crime, domestic violence, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Incidents of domestic abuse, mostly involving violent attacks on women, make up one in 10 crimes recorded by the police and account for one-third of all reported violent crimes, according to the latest Office for National Statistics research.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2016

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Crime Severity Score measures ‘relative harm’ of crimes – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2016 in crime, news, statistics, victims by tracey

‘A new way of measuring crime in England and Wales has been devised that ranks offences according to their seriousness.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2016

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It’s time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, reports, United Nations by sally

‘World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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War medal fakers should face criminal charges, say MPs – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, bills, crime, fraud, misrepresentation, news, reports, war by sally

‘Impostors who wear military medals they are not entitled to should be liable to criminal charges, MPs say.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2016

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How the UK’s drug laws have created an underground medical marijuana scene – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in crime, drug offences, drug trafficking, health, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s underground medical marijuana scene, where dealers give away tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in order to offer relief to those in physical pain, has been exposed in a new documentary.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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BMJ medical journal calls for legalisation of drugs – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2016 in crime, doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by tracey

‘The British Medical Journal has called for the legalisation of illicit drugs for the first time.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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The criminology course opening the door to education for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2016 in crime, legal education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘Side by side, Cambridge postgraduates and inmates at a Buckinghamshire prison mull over thorny issues, such as what is legitimate use of power, or why do people obey the law? They are studying criminology together within the walls of HMP Grendon, in small, carefully mixed groups. Over eight weeks they are treated as equals by academic staff; once a week they read, study, discuss and write essays before “graduating” together – though this master’s level study doesn’t carry official university credits.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Prosecutors are failing ‘honour’ crime victims, say Met whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are failing to tackle “honour crimes” in British Asian communities for fear of causing unrest, a Scotland Yard whistleblower has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Crimes following Tinder and Grindr hook-ups rocket in last four years – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2016 in crime, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of crimes reported in which victims met their attackers on dating apps Tinder or Grindr has rocketed by 2,000 per cent in the past five years, new data reveals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2016

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Treating criminals with anti-psychotic drugs could prevent 1,500 crimes a year, study suggests – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in crime, medical treatment, medicines, mental health, news, recidivists, violent offenders by tracey

‘Prescribing anti-psychotic medication to violent criminals when they leave prison could prevent around 1,500 serious crimes in Britain each year, a new study suggests. Although medicating prisoners on their release is controversial, the University of Oxford believes that it could dramatically cut the risk of violent offending.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2016

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Minister unveils plans to pardon thousands under ‘Turing’s Law’ – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 20th, 2016 in bills, crime, criminal records, homosexuality, pardons, press releases by tracey

‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences will be posthumously pardoned, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th October 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

‘Alan Turing law’ unveiled by government will posthumously pardon thousands of gay men convicted of historic offences – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2016 in crime, criminal records, homosexuality, news, pardons by tracey

‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under outdated gross indecency laws are to be posthumously pardoned, the Government has announced, in a “momentous” victory for campaigners.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2016

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Drug dependence: treatment over incarceration – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 19th, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Drug dependence has significant direct and indirect costs to society beyond the impact on individuals. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates that in 2010 alone, between €3.7b to 5.9b of public money was spent on drug-law offenders in prisons in Europe. This figure does not include the cost of criminal justice responses to drug-using offenders who have been convicted of other crimes that may have been motivated in part by drug-dependency.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th October 2016

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Game of tomes: Blackstone’s gets the judges’ nod – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2016 in courts, crime, news by tracey

‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice will remain the standard text in criminal courts, the judiciary has confirmed, ending speculation that an earlier decision to replace the venerable Archbold would be reversed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Police not recording most UK slavery cases as crimes, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2016 in crime, news, police, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK police forces are failing victims of modern slavery by not recording what happens to them as crimes, meaning many cases are never investigated, the independent anti-slavery commissioner has said in his first annual report.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

IPCC will not investigate South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton over conduct at Hillsborough inquest – The Independent

‘The police watchdog has announced it will not investigate claims that a chief constable instructed lawyers to “pour blame” onto Hillsborough victims at the inquest into the disaster.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk