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A world churches delegation has been disturbed to discover the very poor conditions in Sierra Leone's prisons, as part of a recent team visit.
A review of indefinite prison sentences has been published with the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.
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.