The many harms of remand

June 25, 2019 |

This post is 600 words and can be read in 3 minutes. Jailing people after arrest – the process called remand – creates many harms. Previous posts have commented on this issue, but new research by Holly Pelvin details some...

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The limits of forensic evidence

June 17, 2019 |

This post is about 770 words and can be read in 3 minutes. Many of the popular crime dramas on television give prominence to forensic evidence. Corpses are identified and murderers caught through analysis of hair, clothing fibres, fingerprints, bite...

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Rethinking violent crime

June 12, 2019 |

This post is 900 words and can be read in 5 minutes. “We must punish violence. Or so it seems until we discover that we are not always sure what counts as violence, and the criminal law doesn’t always punish...

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Physical environment in prisons

June 2, 2019 |

This post is about 900 words and can be read in about 4 minutes. This post is taken directly from the summary of a recent report issued by the United Kingdom government. The physical environment is a crucial component of...

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The Dutch Are Closing Prisons

May 27, 2019 |

This post is about 1000 words and can be read in about 5 minutes. This is a shortened version of the original article from usnews.com by Danielle Batist May 13, 2019 The number of prisoners in The Netherlands has halved...

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Police record checks create big problems

May 13, 2019 |

This post is about 500 words and can be read in about 2 minutes. Opinion by Christin Cullen, Executive Director, John Howard York Region Our current system for police background checks is a barrier to employment for far too many...

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