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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.

Private firms and charities will be rewarded on a 'payments by results' basis and judged by reoffending rates

'Risking public safety': probation chiefs vent fury at 'payments on results' private sector shake-up

Senior probation officers have accused the Government of "taking risks with public safety" by pressing ahead with an overhaul of offender rehabilitation which will see services outsourced to the private sector.

Moves to cut the number of court cases that are strung out by people applying for judicial reviews of decisions will be announced today by the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling

Justice secretary to end 'cheap delaying tactic' of stringing out court cases with judicial review

Moves to cut the number of court cases that are strung out by people applying for judicial reviews of decisions will be announced today by the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling.

Sadiq Khan ran Ed Miliband's leadership bid

Housing association whistleblower accused of reporting company to former Labour minister Sadiq Khan begins unfair dismissal claim

A whistleblower, who claims she was wrongly accused of reporting her company to shadow justice minister Sadiq Khan, began her case for unfair dismissal today.

Labour fears fourth place behind Ukip in Eastleigh by-election

Labour fears it will limp in fourth in next week’s Eastleigh by-election, dealing a blow to Ed Miliband’s efforts to project it as the “one nation” party.

Number of women in jail is disgraceful, says Labour

Reducing the "disgraceful" number of women in prison will be treated as a priority by an incoming Labour government, the shadow Justice Secretary will today promise.

Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert says justice 'must be swift, sure and seen to be done, or it's not done at all'

The criminal justice system can be opaque, impenetrable, too concerned with defendants and too little concerned about victims, Nick Herbert said today.

Sadiq Khan ran Ed Miliband's leadership bid

Sadiq Khan: 'Labour became arrogant when we should be the hope givers'

The shadow Justice Secretary tells Matthew Chorley his party lost touch with young voters and women voters, but now has a game plan

Kenneth Clarke addresses the Conservative Party Conference

Reoffending may rise under Ken Clarke's plans

Kenneth Clarke's plans to toughen up community orders by tracking offenders with high-tech ankle tags and ensuring every sentence is a punishment could increase reoffending, the Government's own impact assessment showed today.

Eoin Morgan says England are ‘starting from scratch in this part of the world’

Deflated 'hosts' Pakistan just want to go home

At this stage of any cricket tour, all anybody wants to do is go home. Of nobody is this truer in the United Arab Emirates at present than the "home" side. Pakistan have been away for too long and it is beginning to show.

Eoin Morgan says England are ‘starting from scratch in this part of the world’

Hosts Pakistan can't wait to go home

England can complete a one-day whitewash today against opponents who are feeling homesick

MPs voice fears over probation service paperwork

It is "staggering" that probation officers can spend as little as a quarter of their time dealing directly with offenders, MPs said today.

Hain: Miliband 'getting into his stride' as leader

Ed Miliband is "getting into his stride" after nearly nine months in his job and should not be underestimated, one of his leading allies said yesterday.

Gove warns against union 'militancy'

Education Secretary Michael Gove has warned against union "militancy" ahead of a planned walkout by teachers and public sector workers.

Ken Clarke forced to back down on sentences

David Cameron forced Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke to change his sentencing plans over fears that prison sentences would be "too lenient" if jail terms were halved for offenders who plead guilty early.

Clarke backs privacy law amid injunction 'concern'

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has indicated that a new privacy law could be introduced to provide judges with clearer guidance on issuing injunctions.

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