R (on the application of Jamar Brown (Jamaica) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Jamar Brown (Jamaica) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2015] UKSC 8 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 4th March 2015

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Life imprisonment possible for breach of new Computer Misuse Act rules from 3 May – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 25th, 2015 in computer crime, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘People who cause “serious damage” to computer systems in the UK could be sentenced to life imprisonment under a change to the law set to come into force in May.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th March 2015

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British husband and wife jailed over ‘appalling’ animal cruelty – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2015 in animal cruelty, appeals, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘A couple who kept more than 40 pets in squalid conditions at their home have been jailed, with the presiding magistrate describing it as the worst case of animal cruelty he had seen in 30 years.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2015

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Protecting the Innocent – BBC Law in Action

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, firearms, gangs, imprisonment, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘Dwaine George was sent to prison in 2001 for murder. Aged 18 and a member of a Manchester gang, he was convicted for shooting dead another 18-year-old and sentenced to life imprisonment. But Dwaine George said he didn’t do it and continued to protest his innocence throughout the 12 years he eventually served. He was finally vindicated by the Court of Appeal shortly before Christmas, when his conviction was quashed.’


BBC Law in Action, 12th February 2015

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Imprisonment ‘turns young offenders into sex criminals’ – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, reports, sexual offences, young offenders by sally

‘Plans for Europe’s largest juvenile prison were criticised last night after a new report claimed that jailing children increased the chances of them becoming sex offenders in adulthood.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2015

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Jail ‘wrong’ for half of women inmates – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, reports, women by sally

‘Half the women in jail should not be behind bars, the Justice minister will admit today, as he launches fresh moves to tackle the vicious cycle of imprisonment and reoffending faced by many female inmates.’

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The Independent, 29th January 2015

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One in 4 inmates at youth ‘prison’ held in virtual solitary confinement, say inspectors – The Independent

‘Boys as young as 15 are being held in virtual solitary confinement in a youth prison plagued by gang violence, inspectors warn today.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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London student faces jail over Isis bid – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2014 in firearms, imprisonment, news, terrorism, young persons by sally

‘A student who wanted the black flag of Isis to fly over Downing Street is facing jail after being found guilty of planning to join rebel forces in Syria.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2014

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Supreme Court finds third way between Strasbourg and House of Lords – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 12th, 2014 in human rights, imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, Supreme Court by sally

‘Indeterminate sentences and the inadequate funding of rehabilitation during them has posed problems since Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences hamstrung the system. The courts here and in Strasbourg have been in two minds what to do about cases where prisoners have not received the assistance they ought to have received – and hence are not, by domestic standards, ready for release.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th December 2014

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Nurse faked having baby by ‘borrowing’ friend’s child – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in birth, forgery, fraud, imprisonment, news, nurses, sentencing by sally

‘Court hears how Charmaine Wilson tricked Liam Griffiths into believing drunken one-night stand led to the birth of a baby boy’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2014

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Jail those convicted of illegal blood sports, campaigners say – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2014 in hunting, imprisonment, news, penalties, reports, sentencing by sally

‘Hunters should face prison sentences for illegal blood sports, be banned from sending dogs underground and prevented from escaping prosecution by claiming that kills are accidental, according to animal welfare campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2014

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Libya father Belaid jailed for kidnap of Welsh girl – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2014 in child abduction, imprisonment, news, sentencing by michael

‘A man who refused to return his child to Wales after kidnapping her and taking her to Libya two years ago has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2014

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Magistrates’ leader hits back at ‘blue rinse’ stereotype – The Independent

Posted November 10th, 2014 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

‘The lay judiciary is fed up of being used as a “punch bag” by ill-informed politicians who have an outdated view of magistrates as “blue-rinse” establishment figures who like sending people to prison.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2014

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Regina v Kerrigan; Regina v Walker (Nicholas) – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2014 in appeals, attempts, imprisonment, law reports, release on licence, robbery by sally

Regina v Kerrigan; Regina v Walker (Nicholas) [2014] WLR (D) 450

‘There was no automatic deduction for time spent in custody by a defendant who, following arrest, was recalled to prison, on revocation of licence, to continue serving a previous sentence.’

WLR Daily, 28th October 2014

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Binning the smoke alarm: Why repealing the Human Rights Act would be the biggest mistake of a generation – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Following plans announced at the Conservative Party’s recent conference to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, Harriet Johnson reminds us why we signed it in the first place, and underlines why it remains such an important safeguard over half a century later.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 3rd October 2014

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Jail for solicitor who kept on practising after being struck off – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2014 in disqualification, guilty pleas, imprisonment, news, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor has been jailed for practising despite being struck off nearly two years ago in what is thought to be the first time a court has imposed an immediate custodial sentence for such an offence.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2014

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Sex Offenders, prison v treatment – CrimeLine

Posted September 18th, 2014 in imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘In a recent case the Court of Appeal found fault with a sentence of 2 years imprisonment imposed on a man who had in his possession indecent images of children. The Court thought the appropriate starting point after trial to be in the order of 15-18 months, meaning in this case an actual sentence of 10 – 12 months, of which the offender would serve only half. So be it you might think.’

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CrimeLine, 17th September 2014

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Abolishing prison sentences for drug users: sensible or a step too far? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 12th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Nick Clegg announced last week that a pledge to abolish prison sentences for the possession of drugs for personal use will form part of the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto for the next election. The manifesto commitment would include a promise to move the drug policy lead from the Home Office to the Department of Health, and would seek to divert users into treatment for their addiction, community sentences, or to civil penalties that do not attract a criminal record. The plans would even extend to the possession of Class A substances such as heroin and crack cocaine. This is a controversial proposal, but does it have merit?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th August 2014

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Criminals jailed by magistrates to pay victim surcharge – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2014 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, restorative justice, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Criminals jailed by magistrates’ courts in England and Wales will no longer be excused from victim surcharge payments by serving extra prison time.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2014

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Prison for a day – the real issues continue to be ignored – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 20th, 2014 in community service, fines, imprisonment, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘Last week we read that the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has promulgated a new approach to sentencing, based on an American model. Those of you who are not of tender years will recall another approach to sentencing we took from the Americans – the sentencing guidelines; look how well they have turned out.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th May 2014

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