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People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds account for more than half of those strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police in the past three years, according to “extremely alarming” figures collected by the force.

The many faces of Labour leader Ed Miliband

PMQs: 50 Shades of Miliband – loud Ed is dead, red Ed is dormant. Long live quiet Ed!

A less doggish approach works well for the Labour leader. Let's hope he sticks with it

Half of convicted sex attackers are avoiding prison sentences

'Insult' to victims: Half of sex offenders are avoiding jail terms

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

A recent investigation into Serco and G4S found evidence of 'inconsistent managemen' in 22 government contracts

Exclusive: Labour would strip controversial firms G4S and Serco of lucrative contracts

Party said it will try to ‘unpick’ £6bn in outsourcing deals

Nearly half of all prisons had callouts in the last three years

Use of riot squads in jails has soared amid overcrowding crisis

The number of times that officers trained to quell riots have been called in to calm tensions in prisons has soared over the last year, Ministry of Justice figures disclosed today.

Arrested black people are more likely to go to court than any other ethnic group

‘Courts are biased against blacks’ with white offenders handed more lenient sentences, says official report

Average prison sentence given to Caucasian criminals is seven months shorter than those given to Afro-Caribbean offenders

Ipsa's chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said the latest revelations will be 'the disinfectant that hurts as it heels' as the details of MPs' office rentals are released

The next MPs expenses scandal: £3.6m of taxpayers’ money spent renting political party offices

Review ordered after MPs on average paid over the market rate for offices in a ‘back-door subsidy’ to their own party

The shadow Home Secretary will call for tougher sentences for cyber crime

Labour Party conference: Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper reveals plan for new ‘identity theft’ criminal offence

A new criminal offence of identity theft would be created by Labour in an effort to combat the dramatic rise in online fraud, shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will announce today.

Inmates fume at plans to ban smoking in prison

Plan linked to potential legal action by staff and inmates over effects of passive smoking

The prisoner kept in a squalid, isolated cell for five years – and what it says about the way we treat women in jail

The “cruel, inhumane and degrading” treatment of a woman held in an austere and “squalid” cell for more than five years has prompted calls for the Government to address the “national failure” of not having a national strategy to manage some of Britain’s most challenging women prisoners.

A paedophile who walked free from court has had his sentence increased to 12 months due to a technicality

Paedophile in ‘predatory’ victim row now has sentence increased

A paedophile who walked free from court after his 13-year-old victim was branded “predatory” by a prosecutor has had his sentence increased to 12 months due to a technicality.

Paedophile Neil Wilson has sentenced increased following 'technicality'

A paedophile who walked free from court after his 13-year-old victim was branded “predatory” by a prosecutor has had his sentence increased today due to a technicality.

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.

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, made a surprise U-turn on Monday night over his controversial plan to deny defendants on legal aid the right to choose their solicitor

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in U-turn: Defendants on legal aid will still be able to choose their solicitor

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, made a surprise U-turn on Monday night over his controversial plan to deny defendants on legal aid the right to choose their solicitor.

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.

Ministers want to set up traffic courts to reduce court delays

Special courts will deal will traffic-light jumpers and speeding motorists

Ministers want to free up time for more serious cases

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