Yorkshire Regiment soldiers jailed for sit-in protest – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2013 in armed forces, courts martial, demonstrations, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘Fifteen soldiers have been jailed after a court martial for staging a “sit-in” in protest at being “led by muppets”.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2013

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Jurors who search web during cases could be jailed under new proposals – The Guardian

‘Jurors should face up to two years in prison if they search the internet for information about cases beyond what is revealed in court, the Law Commission has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2013

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Juror jailed for contempt for using internet takes case to Europe – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2013 in appeals, contempt of court, human rights, imprisonment, internet, juries, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Luton juror, who was jailed for contempt of court after carrying out research on the internet during a trial, is taking her case to Europe.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2013

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MoJ data shows black offenders more likely to be jailed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 26th, 2013 in imprisonment, news, race discrimination, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘Black people are more likely to be charged and sent to prison than white people – and to receive longer custodial sentences, according to official Ministry of Justice statistics.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th November 2013

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Regina v Leacock; Regina v Blacker; Regina v Trevis; Regina v Nutting; Regina v Morin – WLR Daily

Posted November 19th, 2013 in criminal procedure, imprisonment, law reports, news, remand, sentencing by sally

Regina v Leacock; Regina v Blacker; Regina v Trevis; Regina v Nutting; Regina v Morin [2013] EWCA Crim 1994; [2013] WLR (D) 438

“When sentencing a defendant to a term of imprisonment, section 240(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 provided that the court must direct that, subject to section 240(4), time served in custody on remand should count as time served by him as part of the sentence. Section 240(4)(a) provided that section 240(3) did not apply if while on remand the defendant was a serving prisoner, but there was no separate order under section 240(4). That subsection merely restricted the discretion of the court; the only order a court could make was one under section 240(3).”

WLR Daily, 12th November 2013

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Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel v X, Y (Hoog Commissariaat van de Verenigde Naties voor de Vluchtelingen intervening); Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel (Joined Cases C-199/12 to C-201/12) – WLR Daily

Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel v X, Y (Hoog Commissariaat van de Verenigde Naties voor de Vluchtelingen intervening); Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel (Joined Cases C-199/12 to C-201/12);  [2013] WLR (D)  427

“The existence of criminal laws which specifically targeted homosexuals, supported the finding that those persons had to be regarded as forming a ‘particular social group’ within the meaning of Council Directive 2004/83/EC. A term of imprisonment which sanctioned homosexual acts and which was actually applied in the country of origin which adopted such legislation had to be regarded as being a punishment which was disproportionate or discriminatory and thus constituted an act of persecution. When assessing an application for refugee status, the competent authorities could not reasonably expect, in order to avoid the risk of persecution, the applicant for asylum to conceal his homosexuality in his country of origin or to exercise reserve in the expression of his sexual orientation.”

WLR Daily, 7th November 2013

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Dog attack laws and statistics – Daily Telegraph

“The number of people admitted to hospital due to dog bites has risen in the last five years prompting calls for changes in the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2013

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Owners of killer dogs face 14 years in jail – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2013 in bills, dangerous driving, dogs, homicide, imprisonment, news by sally

“Owners of dogs involved in a fatal attack face up to 14 years in prison under government plans published on Tuesday. The proposals, announced by the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, would also introduce a maximum jail term of five years for owners if a person is injured by their dog.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2013

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Jailed women will serve their sentences closer to home – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2013 in imprisonment, news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing, women by sally

“Women prisoners will be held as close to their homes as possible and guaranteed help to return to the outside world under measures to be announced today to break the cycle of female offending.”

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The Independent, 25th October 2013

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MF (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

MF (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 1192; [2013] WLR (D) 380

“The new immigration rules, introduced by Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (2012) (HC 194) into Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (1994) (HC 395), which concerned the deportation of foreign criminals and the evaluation of their article 8 rights under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, were a complete code. Where a foreign criminal came within the provisions of paragraph 399 or 399A of HC395, as amended,, he could be entitled to leave to remain on a limited or indefinite basis on article 8 grounds, but where those paragraphs did not apply very compelling reasons, described as ‘exceptional circumstances’, would be required to outweigh the public interest in deportation.”

WLR Daily, 8th October 2013

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Harsher penalties for dangerous dog owners whose pets are involved in violent attacks – The Independent

Posted October 16th, 2013 in bills, consultations, dogs, imprisonment, news, penalties by sally

“The owners of dangerous dogs involved in violent attacks could face similar penalties to those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said.”

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The Independent, 15th October 2013

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Jail sentence penalties for data breaches will be consulted on despite Government’s scepticism – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has reiterated its commitment to consult on introducing custodial sentences as a possible penalty for individuals who breach UK data protection laws.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2013

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War criminal Charles Taylor to serve 50-year sentence in British prison – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2013 in imprisonment, news, sentencing, United Nations, war crimes by sally

“Charles Taylor, the convicted former Liberian president, will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in a British prison, the ministry of justice has confirmed.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2013

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Over-50s make up third of inmates at prison for sex offenders – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2013 in elderly, imprisonment, news, sexual offences, standards, statistics by sally

“An English prison that specialises in holding and treating sex offenders has so many prisoners over the age of 50 that it has 26 teams competing in its bowls club, jail inspectors have revealed.”

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The Guardian, 4th September 2013

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Thieves should not be jailed, says law expert – The Guardian

“Law professor Andrew Ashworth says prison should only be used for most serious violent, threatening or sexual crimes.”

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The Guardian, 14th August 2013

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London man Andrzej Kulesza’s torture murderer jailed – BBC News

“The killer of a man whose remains were found in a field has been jailed for life for his torture murder and kidnap.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2013

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Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU and another – WLR Daily

Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU and another [2013] EWHC 2350 (Fam); [2013] WLR (D) 319

“There was no power whereby a police force could apply for a person to be committed to prison for contempt of court for breach of a forced marriage protection order where the police themselves were not the applicants who had obtained the order. The relevant departments of state should give urgent consideration to improving the effectiveness of forced marriage protection orders and the means of enforcement.”

WLR Daily, 26th July 2013

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Lawyers of refugees who were wrongly jailed criticised by Appeal Court – The Independent

“The Appeal Court has criticised the lawyers of five refugees who were wrongly jailed for carrying false documents after fleeing their countries under the threat of persecution.”

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The Independent, 30th July 2013

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Regina (Sturnham) v Parole Board and another (No 2) – WLR Daily

Regina (Sturnham) v Parole Board and another (No 2): [2013] UKSC 47;   [2013] WLR (D)  274

“The statutory provisions relating to sentences of imprisonment for public protection involved a higher threshold for the imposition of such sentences than for continued detention after the expiry of a prisoner’s minimum term.”

WLR Daily, 3rd July 2013

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Women being imprisoned unnecessarily, reformers say – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 10th, 2013 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, sentencing, women by sally

“Magistrates’ courts are sending fewer women to prison than in previous years but some courts are four times more likely to jail women than others, according to figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th July 2013

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