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Sentencing reforms and other "sensible" changes proposed by the Ministry of Justice are under threat from Prime Minister David Cameron and his advisers.
New research has undermined assumptions about punishment, with the revelation that many offenders preferred a short prison term over a community sentence.
Penal reform charities have has expressed broad support for the green paper on punishment and rehabilitation but have also made key recommendations.
Feeling despondent or angry at the decisions of governments is a fairly common occurrence for most of us. But yesterday, I felt ashamed.
Prison reformers have expressed dismay at the determination of the majority of Westminster MPs to defy a legal ruling against the ban on prisoners voting.
The government is seeeking to limit the right to vote to prisoners serving sentences of less than one year
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System says funding cuts are a "challenge" and the coalition must support women in the penal system.
The number of people dying in prison in unexplained, ‘unclassified’ circumstances has tripled in one year, the Howard League for Penal Reform has revealed.
Being able to exercise a vote is an important symbol of being a citizen says Tim Newell. Trusting prisoners with a vote is a sign that they remain members of our community.