Tag: "society"

Rape jury system unfair to victims | Letter | Society

Decisions of guilt and innocence are made largely by laypeople with no experience of the way abusers work, writes
Roy Grimwood

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury selection in his rape trial.The adversarial system before a jury where “beyond reasonable doubt” is the standard of proof required is biased against victims.

Prison officers hurt in County Durham young offender institution riot | Society

Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Four prison officers have been injured after 18 prisoners were involved in rioting at a young offender institution, where staff are said to have lost control of a wing.A “Tornado team” of specially trained riot officers was drafted in to quell the trouble at HM YOI Deerbolt near Barnard Castle, County Durham, when inmates took over C Wing.

Detectives investigate new allegations against rapist Reynhard Sinaga | Society

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Detectives are investigating new allegations against the most persistent rapist in legal history amid an unprecedented increase in male victims contacting helplines to report sexual abuse.Greater Manchester police said on Friday they had received a “significant number” of calls to a dedicated major incident hotline launched after the sentencing of Reynhard Sinaga on Monday.

Domestic violence kills 15 times as many as terrorism in Britain | Society

Photograph: Andrew Price/View Finder

Domestic violence kills 15 times as many people in Britain as terrorism, say campaigners who want the police to be given more money to tackle the problem.In addition, campaigners say an estimated 400 victims of domestic violence a year take their own lives.

Lady Hale: cuts causing 'serious difficulty' to justice system | Society

Supreme court president says problems are particularly evident in family courts

Lady Hale will retire from her post as president of the supreme court next month.Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Lady Hale, the outgoing president of the supreme court, has said spending cuts are causing “serious difficulty” for the justice system.

Right-to-die campaigner fails to overturn ban in court | Society

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Paul Lamb has failed to overturn the ban on assisted dying after arguing it was discriminatory against people with disabilities.At present, anyone who assisted him to end his life would be at risk of 14 years’ imprisonment, he said.

Freed prisoners killing themselves at a rate of one every two days | Society

Charity calls for urgent action after sixfold rise in suicide rate among people on supervision

There were 153 suicides among people on post-custody supervision in 2018-19, up from 24 eight years earlier.Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

The number of people who took their own life while on supervision after leaving prison has increased sixfold since 2010 to a rate of one every two days, fresh analysis seen by the Guardian shows.

Right-to-die campaigners to appeal against court ruling | Society

Photograph: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

Right-to-die campaigners are planning to appeal after a father of two suffering from motor neurone disease was denied a full hearing of his application for help to end his life.Considerations of morality, upon which the issue turns, are simply not reducible to statistical analysis or any hard-edged, measurable or quantitative conclusions.

Child protection | Society | The Guardian

November 2019

The Children Act and the principle of less eligibility

Letter: Government policy appears to be moving away from promoting children’s satisfactory development, and we are all the poorer for it, says
Harriet Ward

Published: 17 Nov 2019

Published: 17 Nov 2019

The Children Act and the principle of less eligibility


'My job can be pretty depressing': how Africa's legal systems are tipped against girls

by Violet Odala (LLD), African Child Policy Forum

Published: 16 Nov 2019

Published: 16 Nov 2019

'My job can be pretty depressing': how Africa's legal systems are tipped against girls

I grew up in care.I wanted to break the cycle and be the good parent I didn't have

Published: 15 Nov 2019

I grew up in care.

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax | Society

The court’s decision that will hamper ministerial attempts to water down human rights legislation.Photograph: Kevin Leighton

The supreme court has ruled against the UK government’s attempts to force the bedroom tax on 155 partners of people with severe disabilities, in a decision that will hamper ministerial attempts to water down human rights legislation.