The government are pressurising courts to deal harshly with those involved in the August Riots. This is a populist move that is unhelpful to youth justice. When it comes to our criminal youth, we need better community service schemes, rehabilitation and restoration, argues Olivia Jackson.
As the dust settles after the riots and the magistrates and judges work overtime to process the sudden surge in defendants, the headlines detailing who received which sentence for what crime are rife, as are the arguments in favour of harsh punitive measures, lenient treatment, more understanding, less understanding and so on. The Ministry of Justice tells us that the prison Continue reading
These riots present David Cameron with the opportunity to convince us that Britain is broken and to do something about it. We should help Mr Cameron and not hinder him by complaining, writes Olivia Jackson.
As a nation, we don’t tend to go in for rioting and looting: it’s not our style. But several very British aspects of the disorder seem to be emerging. Continue reading
Sexual violence and rape are commonplace in war zones. Indictments of these crimes are inadequate and convictions are few and far between. These horrific offences will continue until they are punished similar to other forms of torture. Olivia Jackson reports.
In the past month, two separate events occurred which were a stake in the ground for the often-unmentioned victims of war zones worldwide: Firstly, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court’s Chief Continue reading
It is a little known fact that, while technically illegal in Britain, bigamous and polygamous marriages exist. State benefits make provisions for those in bigamous and polygamous marriages. If we continue to make concessions to other cultures’ illegal marital practices, there will be unintended consequences for our society that even liberals and cultural relatives will not enjoy. Olivia Jackson investigates. Continue reading