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Posted on 27th June 2017

Prisons taking role of care homes and hospices as older population soars

In recent years the UK as a whole has seen a trend towards an ageing population, and the prison system is no different. A recent article by The Guardian has highlighted the need for prisons to adapt to care for elderly inmates and their specific healthcare needs. According to a report published last week, prisons […]

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Posted on 26th June 2017

United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26th June is the United Nations (UN) Day in Support of Victims of Torture—a day which reminds us that torture is never acceptable, legal, nor justifiable. Torture is banned worldwide: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” –UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5 In […]

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Posted on 21st June 2017

Trapped in the system: ex-prisoners unable to leave Peru

Upon release from prison abroad, most people usually expect to walk free, and maybe return to their home countries. However, some foreign nationals in Peru find this is not the case, having to wait long durations before being permitted to leave the country with little support. A recent DW article tells the story of Italian-born […]

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Posted on 20th June 2017

Rehabilitation not recidivism: Norway’s success in keeping re-offending rates low

Woodcutting, farming, fishing: not activities most people worldwide associate with prison. But in Bastoy, an island prison in Norway, freedom and rehabilitation for prisoners is coupled with the lowest reoffending rate in Scandinavia. This recent article in The Economist explores the prison system in Norway, and suggests that other countries have a lot to learn […]

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Posted on 20th June 2017

We need alternatives: How long prison sentences damage the USA

Prisons can benefit society by restraining violent offenders and deterring would-be criminals from breaking the law. However, the overuse of detention has proved an enormous failure in the USA, where communities are torn apart and re-offending rates are extremely high. This is what a recent article by The Economist argues, whilst highlighting the disadvantages of […]

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