A passionate and persuasive call for reform of an unfair law
Every month a group of women gather in a back room at a community centre on a council estate in south London. The children running about and the Brazilian drumming band next door don’t pay much attention to them, but someone is listening.
And it’s not just anyone. Powerful members of parliament are sitting up and paying attention to what they are saying. Through sheer determination and hard work, the women have managed to put reform of the joint enterprise law firmly on the political agenda.
The evolution of jails from Magna Carta to modern day
Eight hundred years ago if you wanted to survive in prison you had to have money to buy food, blankets and fuel. And for the following three centuries, death was the most likely sentence. Thankfully things have changed.
Below is a potted history of prisons stretching back almost a thousand years – first in the form of an interactive timeline followed by a detailed history full of fascinating facts.
An exciting event is coming up that will explore what radical alternatives exist to prison.
We’ll be there blogging live, updating you throughout with everything said and who said it.
A look at some places you definitely wouldn’t want to be locked up
From violence to drugs to bullying to overcrowding, the United Kingdom’s prisons have reached crisis point as budgets have been slashed.
The country has over 140 prisons, but the ten below are some of the worst examples.
Victims meeting perpetrators can have a positive effect for both parties.
Could you meet the person who committed a crime against you or a loved one face-to-face? And if so, could you find it in your heart to forgive them?
That is what some victims have done through the process of restorative justice.
Five case studies show how guilt by association can lead to miscarriages of justice.
The joint enterprise law allows more than one person to be charged and convicted of the same crime. It can often be a case of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
A defendant can be convicted of murder even if they had no intention of causing serious harm and didn’t take a direct part in the crime. We explained how the law worked and why it is controversial last week.
There have been many high-profile cases over the years, but below are five of the most famous. Do you think the people below should have been given long life sentences?