criminal law

Russian prison system; Western imprisonment (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes two segments. In the first Laurie Taylor speaks to Dr Laura Piacentini about her new research on imprisonment in Russia which took her to prison colonies where she lived, shared vodka with the prison officers and listened to recitations of Alexander Pushkin's poetry. There, she discovered that contrary to expectations, the Russian penal system allowed prisoners certain freedoms denied them in British jails.

Electronic tagging (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on electronic tagging. In the summer of 2005, the UK Home Secretary, David Blunkett, announced the expansion of tagging schemes for offenders which was predicted to lead to an increase in the number that are tagged and the introduction of satellite tagging.

Behind closed doors : preventing sexual abuse against adults with a learning disability

Report presenting evidence and case studies which highlight the type and extent of sexual abuse experienced by adults with a learning disability and how they are often poorly served by the legal system in England. The report argues for new legislation to provide better protection from abuse and ensure abusers are successfully prosecuted and sentenced.

Crime and justice after devolution

Report that asks if and in what way devolution has led to a divergence in criminal justice policy and crime trends since the late 1930s.

Review of the implementation of the Human Rights Act

This resource is a review which looks specifically at problems with the implementation of the Human Rights Act. The review was commissioned in the immediate aftermath of the Inquiry Report (by HM Chief Inspector of Probation) into the release of Anthony Rice, which had suggested that human rights arguments, and the Human Rights Act, had been contributory factors in the events leading to the murder of Naomi Bryant.

Refocusing drug-related law enforcement to address harms : full review report

Report presenting the findings of a study undertaken by the UK Drug Policy Commission which looked at how an explicit refocusing of drug law enforcement on the reduction of drug-related harms could bring about a real impact on the drug-related harms experienced by individuals and communities.

What are the requirements for professionals reporting child abuse in the United Kingdom?

A brief summary of the guidelines relating to the requirement for different types of professionals to report child abuse in the UK. It also look at how issues relating to confidentiality and information-sharing can be resolved.

Domestic violence : a guide to civil remedies and criminal sanctions

Guide explaining the civil remedies and criminal sanctions available through the courts in England to victims of domestic violence. Included are the provisions of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act in force since 1 July 2007.

Knife crime : Home Affairs Committee - seventh report

Section of the UK Parliament website holding the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee's report on knife crime, it's causes, consequences and what can be done to reduce and prevent it.

Why are decisions to prosecute in cases of child abuse so complex?

Factsheet which gives a definition of child abuse and describes how criminal investigations are undertaken. It also explains why it is sometimes decided not to prosecute in cases in child abuse.