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Police prepare to enter the Pedrinhas prison to control a fight between inmates of rival gangs inside, in Sao Luiz

UN calls for investigation after torture and decapitation video highlights scale of violence in Brazilian prisons

A National Council of Justice report cites overcrowding as the main factor behind the creation of criminal factions among inmates

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Dennis Rodman apologises over comments about imprisoned US man Kenneth Bae, saying he had been drinking

The former NBA star had been criticised by Mr Bae's sister who said his comments could jeopardise his release

Rape victim meets her attacker in prison... to forgive him

Katja Rosenberg said she 'found it a rewarding, uplifting experience'

Crackdown: Chinese police inspect illegal cooking oil in 2010

Man in China sentenced to death for selling illegal cooking oil

Man's brothers also sentenced to life in prison

Half of convicted sex attackers are avoiding prison sentences

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More than 100 paedophiles who abused children aged under 13 – 46 per cent of the total - walked free

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US cold drives escaped convict Robert Vick back to his cell

The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

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Zambian politician Frank Bwalya charged with defamation for calling President Sata a potato

Mr Bwalya allegedly called the President a "chumbu mushololwa" on the radio.

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A US woman involved in a plot to kill a Swedish artist who had allegedly offended Muslims has been jailed for 10 years.

Doreen Lawrence has accused the Metropolitan Police of planning to “wind down” the investigation into her son’s murder

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Security firm G4S is tackling an incident at Oakwood Prison. The G4S spokesman said:

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David Cameron called Anne McIntosh one of the party's 'most assiduous' MPs

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One of the Conservatives’ few female MPs in the North of England is facing a damaging second reselection battle amid an outbreak of infighting.

He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

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He spent 35 years on the run from police, but mourners attending the criminal's funeral were today asked to celebrate his life

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”.

David Cameron has insisted that British courts must retain the right to sentence the worst offenders to stay in prison until they die

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Worst offenders should be given 100-year sentences to get round ban on life terms by European judges

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