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Regional council finds novel solution for education and overcrowding

Prisoners are being put to work in call centres based in prisons, including HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton

Failure of private prisons must force a rethink

It seems wrong for elements of state coercion to be run for private profit

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read has died: Australia’s most notorious criminal turned bestselling author loses long battle with liver cancer

Read wanted to be remembered ‘as someone who spun a great yarn’, his manager says

Man convicted of supplying Mark Duggan with gun blames Met for London 2011 riots

The man convicted of supplying Mark Duggan with a gun denied giving the 29-year-old the weapon on the day of his death and blamed the Met police for the subsequent 2011 London riots, a court heard on Tuesday.

Mother of Baby P, Tracey Connelly, at ‘very high’ risk of vigilante attack as prison release date nears

Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, is at “very high” risk of being targeted and attacked by vigilantes when she is released from prison, criminal justice experts have warned.

The privatisation of prison probation means the end of rehabilitation

Having recieved a five year sentence for fraud, I now realise that prison is the easy part

HMP Oakwood : Britain’s biggest jail - run by G4S - is ‘too violent’

Britain’s biggest prison has been criticised by inspectors in another blow to its private operator G4S. HMP Oakwood in Wolverhampton, which can hold 1,600 inmates, had inexperienced staff and high levels of violence and self-harm, HM Inspectorate of Prisons said following a surprise visit.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to boycott Commonwealth summit over Sri Lanka human rights records

The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, says he will boycott next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns. He is also threatening to cut off funding to the organisation over the decision to host the meeting there.

The incident took place at Low Moss Prison, East Dunbartonshire

Two prison officers hurt in brawl at Low Moss Prison in Scotland

Two wardens have been taken to hospital during a seven-hour brawl at the residential wing of Scotland’s newest jail.

Locked up: Broadmoor, home to Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe; moors murderer Ian Brady remains in Ashworth Peter

'Send Yorkshire Ripper back to jail': Expert says Broadmoor 'out of step' and too keen to hold on to celebrity patients

Broadmoor, the high-security psychiatric hospital, where some of Britain's most notorious offenders are treated, has been criticised as an "expensive anachronism" which holds on to "celebrity" patients when they should be back in prison, according to one of the country's most respected psychiatrists.

Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa

Controversy surrounds key Fifa member Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa over Qatar World Cup finals decision

The involvement of the Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa as a leading figure in Fifa’s committee that will determine whether the 2022 World Cup finals should be moved from its traditional summer date is a controversial one given previous allegations made against him over human rights issues.

Curtis Warren is thought to have netted tens of millions of pounds from drug smuggling

Notorious drugs baron Curtis Warren freed – but faces ban on using phone boxes

Trafficker accepts court restrictions because he wants ‘a quiet life’

Herman Wallace pictured in 2008

Former Black Panther Herman Wallace dies days after judge overturns murder conviction that saw him serve 41 years in solitary confinement

A former Black Panther who served 41 years in solitary confinement has died days after a US federal judge overturned his conviction for the murder of a prison guard.

No early exit: Worst criminals to lose automatic right to be released half-way through jail sentences, Justice Secretary to announce

At present offenders serving determinate sentences are let out on licence once they have served half their time behind bars

Tough justice, tough love: Burglary plot criminal told he's not allowed romantic relationships as part of probation deal

‘You need to focus on yourself’ are words more likely found in a newspaper’s agony aunt column than a court room.

Herman Wallace

Black Panther has conviction overturned - but only after 41 years in solitary confinement

Terminally ill ‘Angola 3’ inmate Herman Wallace claims he was framed for murder

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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

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