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Following a European Court of Human Rights ruling, British civil rights advocates say there must be a proper national debate on prisoner voting.
Arizona’s cruel prison isolation regime is dehumanising inmates and the authorities are failing to care for their basic physical and mental health.
Pope Benedict has given encouragement to those seeking the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, at a meeting of the Sant'Egidio Community.
Sentencing reforms and other "sensible" changes proposed by the Ministry of Justice are under threat from Prime Minister David Cameron and his advisers.
The campaigning group Black Mental Health UK has condemned the rapid rise in the number of suicides in prison over the past 12 months, and is seeking the backing of community and faith groups in its call for urgent government action.