Category A: Britain’s maximum security prisons

Prison Detention Barbed Wiresource: PrisonPhone
published: date unknown

Category A Prisons- high security prisons where the most dangerous, and difficult to manage, prisoners are kept. I was at a conference once, on child attachment, the speaker was talking about some of these prisons and prisoners kept there.

She talked of how damaged they were by what had happened to them in their childhood: abuse that changed a child’s brain,  causing irrevocable damage.

The speaker was a senior clinical psychologist and she told of conversations with prison wardens who have to look after these prisoners. The wardens pleaded with her that, “You have to get to these children before they are damaged, before they get to us and can not be rehabilitated”.

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The cuts that broke the justice system

Blind justice lawsource: Politics.co.uk
published: 26 November 2018

Leaking roofs, seats held together with gaffer tape, flooded toilets, broken heating and broken plug sockets. If our hospitals or schools looked like this, there’d be a public outcry. But these are our courts, so no-one really cares.

The cuts to criminal justice have become visible in the furniture of the court system, but they go much further than that. They are eroding the basic principles it operates under.

Next year, legal aid reaches its 70th birthday. It is a landmark principle that justice should be free to everyone, that publicly-funded legal advice should be available to those accused of a crime by the state.

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Death penalty use and support near record lows

Wimain in prison cellsource: ProCon.org
published: 21 December 2017

Overall use and public support of the death penalty is in decline. As of Nov. 8, 2017, 23 people were executed in the United States in 2017, the second-lowest number since 1991.

39 people are expected to be sentenced to death by the end of 2017, making it the second-lowest number since 1976, the year when capital punishment was declared constitutional again by the US Supreme Court.

Since the death penalty was legalized again in 1976 by the US Supreme Court, 1,465 people have been executed. Texas has accounted for 545 executions, over a third of the nation’s total.

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