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

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

Two of Britain’s oldest and most notorious jails to be closed as Government announces £250m Wrexham 'super-prison'

Justice Secretary announces major shake-up of the jail system

Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling

Legal aid reforms could undermine fundamental principles of justice, warns CPS

The official prosecuting body fails to explicitly support any of the proposed changes

The Government is ignoring the needs of women offenders with its probation reforms, a group of MPs has warned

Too many women prisoners, MPs say

The Government is ignoring the needs of women offenders with its probation reforms, a group of MPs has warned.

Vince Cable: Government will 'toughen up' after G4S and Serco scandal

Business Secretary Vince Cable has said the Coalition will “toughen up” on private contracts after the Government disclosed two major firms had charged the taxpayer to monitor non-existent electronic tags.

Under fire: G4S are under investigation and contracts are on hold after it was found to have overcharged taxpayers to monitor tags which didn't exist

G4S and Serco face £50 million fraud inquiry

Serious Fraud Office investigates G4S claim of over-charging for government contracts

Does all this outsourcing really represent good value in terms of quality or cost?

Both companies rely on government contracts, but G4S has business in 125 countries

Wandsworth prison

ECHR Ruling: In some cases life should mean life

In exceeding the bounds of the European Convention on Human Rights, this ruling only strengthens the case for repudiating the Court in the Conservative manifesto

A photograph issued by the Ministry of Defence of Abu Qatada at RAF Northolt in West London boarding a private flight bound for Jordan

'Deport first, appeal later': Home Secretary vows to enforce new rules after Abu Qatada saga

Justice Secretary calls for 'wholesale changes' to Human Rights law in Britain

Chris Grayling is ‘determined to maintain a legal aid system with quality at its heart’

Legal aid reforms still unjust after Government U-turn, warn charities

Victims of domestic violence and trafficking ‘will not be able to find fair representation’

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

High Court appears to back calls for public inquiry into death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko

The High Court appeared to back calls for the government to concede to a public inquiry into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko today.

Germany challenges UK over legal basis of GCHQ mass monitoring of global internet traffic

Germany has directly challenged British ministers over GCHQ's reported programme of the mass monitoring of global phone and internet traffic.

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, the architect of the proposals, has been accused of plotting the privatisation of justice by switching legal aid contracts from solicitors to large firms

'This is astonishing stuff': Split over legal aid shake-up goes right to the top

'Lord Chancellor cannot convince even government's own senior law officer of merits'

Ed Miliband: I’ll get tough on developers who hoard land

Property firms which buy land as an investment and fail to develop it would face tough penalties under a Labour government in a drive to raise levels of house-building.

Pilot scheme to rehabilitate prisoners 'has reduced reoffending'

Programme provides offenders sentenced to less than 12 months in jail with help as they prepare for release

The move is designed to help teenage criminals break the 'pernicious cycle' of reoffending

Hundreds of young offenders will face a year's compulsory supervision after release

Chris Grayling will say the move is designed to help teenage criminals break the 'pernicious cycle' of reoffending and become law-abiding adults

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