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Early release ended by Grayling in right wing bidding war

In a blatantly political move, Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling has announced that the automatic early release of prisoners convicted of child rape or certain terrorist offences is to be scrapped. What Grayling has not said clearly and publicly is that this is simply a first step towards scrapping early release altogether for all offences; something…

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Conservatives celebrate Bedroom Tax victory and new Protection Orders

Conservatives celebrate Bedroom Tax victory and new Protection Orders

Conservatives are celebrating their latest High Court victory, this time involving the Bedroom Tax and the government goes ahead with the introduction of an almost limitless Public Space Protection Order which could potentially allow any specified behaviour or activity to be made unlawful. Judges rules that the governments’ so called “bedroom tax” was not unlawful…

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European Court rules whole life tariffs breach human rights

European Court rules whole life tariffs breach human rights

In a ruling this week that has unsurprisingly upset Downing Street, Conservative party backbenchers and right-wing campaigners, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that whole life tariffs as currently handed down by British courts are unlawful. Whilst making it clear that the court was not offering prisoners serving whole life tariffs any imminent…

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Government blackmails unemployed into making hopeless job applications

Government blackmails unemployed into making hopeless job applications

Unemployed people are being threatened and blackmailed into making entirely hopeless job applications. Those claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) are now being forced to apply for at least three jobs per week, even if they are barred from working in such positions or do not have the necessary skills. Ex-offenders with serious criminal records but…

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Secret hearings, secret evidence, legal aid cuts – Welcome to Nazi Britain

Secret hearings, secret evidence, legal aid cuts – Welcome to Nazi Britain

The government is to introduce secret court hearings using secret evidence whilst cutting criminal legal aid in an attempt to protect the government from being held to account, all under the guise of “national security” and the need to save money. For those with a knowledge of history, the similarity of these latest measures with…

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Police powers increase as MPs declare IPCC useless

Police powers increase as MPs declare IPCC useless

As the police continue to become more powerful, Britain’s police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been slated in an influential Parliamentary report that accuses the IPCC of being overloaded with cases, leaving cases un-investigated, of having no real power and of too often using former policemen as supposedly “independent” investigators. Meanwhile, the Association…

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Public confidence in Britain’s police at all time low

Public confidence in Britain’s police at all time low

Recent revelations about the dishonest behaviour of Britain’s police are causing many members of the public to doubt the integrity and trustworthiness of officers. Hillsborough, revelations in the Leveson inquiry, inappropriate relations between the police and the press and the latest apparent dishonesty of police officers in the Andrew Mitchell affair (“Plebgate”) are causing people…

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Prisoners votes delay likely to cost taxpayers millions

Prisoners votes delay likely to cost taxpayers millions

The British government’s latest delaying tactics over the voting rights of UK prisoners could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds. The government, fearful of troublesome backbench MPs, has decided to form a parliamentary committee to consider what may or may not be in a draft Bill, thus ensuring that the 6 year old problem…

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Police panic over Conservative European Arrest Warrant changes

Police panic over Conservative European Arrest Warrant changes

Following the tabloid feeding frenzy over the Megan Stammers and Jeremy Forrest case, senior police officers are applying huge political pressure in order to fight more than 100 Tory MPs planning to pull Britain out of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) arrangements. Mr Forrest was arrested on an EAW and police are scared that in…

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European Court rules against ‘Draconian’ IPP sentences

European Court rules against ‘Draconian’ IPP sentences

The Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) was this week condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as being ‘draconian’ in nature and totally inadequately resourced. The British government was also ordered to pay compensation to 3 IPP prisoners who are unable to progress towards release due to the government’s failure to provide…

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