News According to research published by the Ministry of Justice, over a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record

More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

Nick Clegg speaks with inmates during a visit to the Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institution in Rochester

Government to trial 'fortified school' concept in an attempt to reduce rate of teenage reoffenders

Secure college will house up to 320 young troublemakers

Simon Hughes says some view the criminal justice system as hostile

Simon Hughes: 'Legal profession must do more to reflect modern Britain'

Justice minister wants more female and ethnic minority barristers within 2 years

British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court

Don't call it a 'strike': Barristers withdraw labour and courts including Old Bailey fall silent for the first time in centuries over legal aid cuts

They feel misrepresented as 'fat cats' and are alarmed by cuts in the legal aid budget

In a speech last year, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the Government wanted to introduce tougher penalties for those caught with mobiles.

Technology to block mobiles in prisons too expensive

Prisoners can continue to use smuggled phones because the Ministry of Justice says jamming equipment is “prohibitively expensive”.

Under plans being considered by David Cameron, victims of crime would gain legal right to tell courts about the distress they have suffered

Exclusive: David Cameron looks to strengthen support for victims of crime

The PM is expected to back proposals to extend the voluntary code that the police, courts and probation service are supposed to adhere to, and give it legal force

Prisoners have been banned from receiving Christmas presents from their family and friends under new rules

Chris Grayling branded ‘a Scrooge’ for banning festive parcels for prisoners

The Ministry of Justice has been called ‘mean-spirited’ for the ban

Codebreaker Alan Turing

Alan Turing gets royal pardon for 'gross indecency' – 61 years after he poisoned himself

He was the father of modern computing whose work on the Enigma code at Bletchley Park  is said to have shortened the Second World War.

Every little helps: collecting for charity, but the EU has cash too

Withdrawal from EU justice programmes could see British charities lose millions, ministers warned

The money has been used to improve the rights of children and victims, fight domestic violence and rehabilitate offenders

Private security giants G4S and Serco have been stripped of all responsibilities for electronically tagging criminals in the wake of allegations that the firms overcharged taxpayers.

G4S and Serco lose tagging contracts after overcharging scandal

Monitoring contracts will be handed over to rival Capita on an interim basis

Justice Secretary to end cautions for repeat offenders

Thousands of minor criminals will face prosecution each year instead of receiving a succession of police cautions, the Government will announce today.

Tooks Chambers led the inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster

Leading civil rights lawyers Tooks Chambers closes, blaming legal aid cuts

The chambers led inquiries into the deaths of Stephen Lawrence and Princess Diana and the Hillsborough disaster

Labour has also accused the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, of gambling with public safety

Privatisation of probation service will ‘put public at risk’

Protests over £800m sell-off that will hand supervision of offenders to private companies

Watchdog warns of inadequate checks for life sentenced prisoners being let out on day release

Inspectors say prisons are granting killers and rapists temporary release without proper risk assessment

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'The particularly hostile treatment of victims and witnesses in court has nothing to do with fairness or justice'

No legal aid for prisoners, says Chris Grayling

Foreigners will also be prevented from accessing financial support in civil cases until they have been in the country for one year

Feltham was named by the Howard League for Penal Reform as the most violent prison in England and Wales

The prison system is poisonous, not just the facilities

Proposals for a new super-prison are unlikely to extract the venom

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