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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

June 29, 2006: Zahid Mubarek Inquiry - Howard League Responds

Howard League Director Frances Crook as responded to the publication of the report of the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry:

"I welcome the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry report and hope that it will have a similar impact on the prison service as the Macpherson report had on the police service. I also welcome the recognition in the report that prisons are grossly overcrowded and cannot provide effective public protection. However, it is a shame that the terms of the inquiry were drawn so narrowly by the Home Office to prevent the Inquiry from examining the issue of the inappropriateness of short prison sentences."

"Zahid Mubarek was sent to prison for a minor offence when he should have been given a community sentence which would have allowed him to make amends for his offence, and where he would not have been exposed to the dangerous circumstances identified in the report which led to his tragic death. Prisons remain inherently racist and unsafe. For example, on a prison visit this week I saw a group of young Asian prisoners being held in a cell for their own protection in order to escape from racial abuse by other prisoners. Recent research published by the Howard League for Penal Reform exposed the futility of locking up so many young men in prisons which merely compound their problems and increase the likelihood of them committing further offences upon release, putting both the public and themselves at risk."