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Prison is no place for people with mental illnesses. I know because I was in one

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I arrived on the same day as Maria. She was shy, withdrawn and reminded me of a fragile bird as she leaned over her hot drink to keep warm. We would talk in the garden, the only place to find any peace, and fantasise ...

California gives people leaving prison just $200 to start over. After 50 years, that could change

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A California lawmaker wants to increase the allowance that people released from prison receive to cover basic needs for the first time in nearly 50 years. Sydney Kamlager, a state senator representing Los Angeles, is ...

England and Wales to get extra 4,000 prison places in record expansion

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Dominic Raab has announced the creation of 4,000 new prison places in England and Wales, as the government plans for an increase of almost 25% that could take the prison population to an all-time high. There were 79,7...

Sex offender who escaped from open prison arrested in Skegness

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The sex offender Paul Robson, who was on the run for five days after absconding from an open prison, has been arrested in Skegness. A national manhunt was launched after Robson absconded from HMP North Sea Camp in Bos...

Record levels of self-harm found at Derbyshire women’s prison – report

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Inmates held in a women’s prison are making 1,000 calls a month to Samaritans amid record levels of self-harm, increased violence and low safety levels usually only seen in men’s facilities, a damning report has found...

UK man given suspended prison sentence for exploiting victim of slavery

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A man who exploited a modern slavery victim found living in a squalid shed has been given a suspended prison sentence. Peter Swailes Jr, 56, was sentenced to a nine-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, at Carlisl...

Officer who killed Laquan McDonald leaves prison after barely three years

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The white former Chicago police officer who killed the Black teenager Laquan McDonald has left prison after serving less than half his sentence. Jason Van Dyke was released from state prison on Thursday morning after ...

‘A ticking time bomb’: what a prison break reveals about the threat from Islamic State

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IS might have been defeated on the battlefield, but the terror group still has the capacity to shock and its threat is far from over, says Martin Chulov How to listen to podc...

A Violent Man review – hardnut prison drama is guilty as charged

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Craig Fairbrass (Villain, Muscle, Rise of the Footsoldier franchise) is an actor who may lack range but has an undeniable screen presence. He emits an almost radioactive glow with his hulking, jolie-laide physiognomy,...

‘I’m free at last’: Uganda’s rudest poet on prison, protest and finding a new voice in Germany

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The first few days of Stella Nyanzi’s new life in Germany have not been without their challenges, from navigating the TV and internet in a different language to finding the right school for her three teenagers. On the...

Hundreds of boys ‘human shields’ in Islamic State prison breakout

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The fate of more than 700 boys and teenage detainees has become central to the siege of a Kurdish-run prison in Syria that was overrun on Friday by jihadists, who are accused of using the boys as human shields. As the...

Yemen: Saudi-led airstrike on rebel-run prison kills at least 60 and wounds 200

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An airstrike on a prison in northern Yemen killed at least 60 people and wounded 200 more, while a separate attack shut down the country’s internet, as Saudi-led reprisals to a Houthi drone attack on the United Arab E...

Canadian court halves prison sentence of woman who killed abusive husband

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A Canadian court has halved the sentence of a woman who killed her husband, revisiting a controversial case that revealed the legal system’s “outdated thinking” of the realities of domestic abuse. In a 2-1 ruling rele...

Omicron wreaks havoc across California prison facilities as staff cases surge

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California prisons have reported a staggering rise in Covid cases among staff this month, as the highly contagious Omicron variant has sent infection cases surging across the US. Staff infections increased 212% in Ja...

The high-flyer who gave up her job to volunteer at Belmarsh prison

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On her first visit to HMP Belmarsh, Rona McCandlish got lost. The prison is in a sprawling, out-of-the-way 1990s estate in Thamesmead, south-east London. It was November 2018 and McCandlish was on her way to interview...

How did I survive care and prison? I was luckier than the sharp, funny kids I grew up with

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My first time at rock bottom came early. I was an infant when my mum fled with me and my brother to a refuge, to escape violence at home. This period of fear was brief, but it left an indelible mark. The chaos and tra...