• 15 Sep 2010

    Russia's prisons, struggling with a growing crime rate, overcrowding and shortfalls in funding, are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.

  • 10 Aug 2010

    Prison is not working. Helping former offenders into jobs and effectively supervising people on community sentences is a key part of the answer, says Anton Shelupanov. To do this, the UK criminal justice system must embrace innovation as a necessity, not as a desirable extra.

  • 27 Jul 2010

    Two interesting things happened last week that directly affected my neighbours – those whom the biblical message enjoins me to love. First, the California Affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) endorsed Proposition 19. This is a ballot initiative to legalise recreational use of marijuana. Second, the Economist magazine published an article on mass incarceration in the United States entitled ‘Rough Justice,’ with the subheading “America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal.”

  • 30 Jun 2010

    The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has backed the Scottish Government’s plans to replace short prison sentences with community payback orders.

  • 13 Mar 2010

    Campaigners have said that a government decision to reclassify women’s prisons will unfairly disadvantage the children of prisoners, who are now likely to have less access to their mothers.

  • 5 Mar 2010

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has launched a campaign seeking to halt the relentless rise in the UK prison population and address the underlying causes of crime.

  • 1 Apr 2009

    A pioneering prison support project, welcomed by hundreds of inmates and staff, has folded due to lack of Government support. It was designed to be of national benefit by cutting re-offending rates.

  • 3 Jan 2008

    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.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    As schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons' lawyers prepare an appeal against a 15-day jail sentence imposed in Sudan over the naming of a teddy bear, Muslims in Britain have joined in condemning the decision and calling for clemency.

  • 24 Aug 2007

    A Romanian criminal, once labelled the country's fourth most dangerous, is electing to forgo parole after becoming a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. He says that he would rather stay in jail to share his new-found faith and help his fellow prioners.