In The News (Issue No1)

06Feb08

Featured Article

Death Row Briton ‘Innocent And Angry’
13th January 2008
A Scottish man who spent more than 20 years on death row has hit back at the family of the girl he was accused of killing, who told him he would “burn in hell.” Kenny Richey made the comments to Sky News presenter Kay Burley in his first TV interview since being released from jail in the US. The 43-year-old, who once came within an hour of execution, was freed after reaching a plea deal over the arson attack in which two-year-old Cynthia Collins died.
When asked for his reaction to an outburst from the toddler’s aunt who told him “you will burn in hell”, he said: “She’ll be burning there first long before I will.

UK News

Jail experts to tackle suicide surge
20th January 2008
A specialist investigation team is to be sent into one of Britain’s high-security jails after five of its prisoners committed suicide in just over a year.

Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’
14th January 2008
Ministers are planning to implant “machine-readable” microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme.

Cell death officer ‘faces jail’
7th January 2008
A police worker faces jail for failing to make regular “health and well-being” checks on a prisoner who died in custody, a court has heard.

Backing for enquiry into mental health problems and suicide in prisons
3rd January 2008
The campaigning group Black Mental Health UK has condemned the rapid rise in the number of suicides in prison over the past 12 months, and is seeking the backing of its call for urgent government action.


World News

Kenyan police kill eight as street protests end
19th January 2008
At least eight people were gunned down by Kenyan police yesterday marking a bloody end to the opposition’s street protests against the disputed re-election of President Mwai Kibaki

Police corruption rising: Zille
18th January 2008
“Minister of Safety and Security [Charles Nqakula] and the leadership of the SAPS need to find the political will to acknowledge the grave threat that police corruption poses to our country,” she said in her weekly on-line newsletter.

Constable Facing Hearing in Vanderhoof Shooting
14th January 2008
RCMP Constable Ryan Sherametta, who shot Kevin St. Arnaud to death in Vanderhoof in December of 2004, is facing a code of conduct citation for making false statements.

Top US court mulls whether to keep death penalty on hold
2nd January 2008
The US Supreme Court on Monday suggested it may have to send a case over lethal injections used in applying the death penalty back down to lower courts for further review.

Websites, Events & Publications

Website Feature: (4WardEver recommended)

International Campaign Against Honour Killings
Over 5000 women and girls are killed every year by family members in so-called ‘honour killings’, according to the UN.

Still Human Still Here
The campaign is dedicated to highlighting the plight of tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers who are being forced into abject poverty in an attempt to drive them out of the country.

Event Listings

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