Recent News: June/July 2008


Reprieve Call Could Save Thousands
4th July 2008
Some 7,000 death row inmates, a quarter of the estimated condemned prisoners worldwide, are expected to be spared and eventually freed following a call by Pakistan’s prime minister to honour the memory of the assassinated political leader Benazir Bhutto.

On Jul. 3, the cabinet approved a proposal of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to commute the sentences of prisoners currently on death row to life imprisonment, announced to parliament on the occasion of Bhutto’s 55th birth anniversary on Jun. 21. Bhutto was assassinated during an election rally last December. Her Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) swept to power on 18th February.
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Other Reports from June:

De Menezes police given anonymity
30th June 2008
Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes have hit out a ruling giving “blanket anonymity” to police. All 44 officers who asked to remain anonymous when giving evidence at the inquest into the Brazilian’s death will have their identities kept secret using screens and pseudonyms. The applications were approved by Coroner Sir Michael Wright QC at a pre-inquest hearing at Southwark Coroners Court.

The government must act on the Corston report
28th June 2008
What should concern us most: that women, who make up only 6% of the prison population, account for half the incidents of serious self harm in custody or that, knowing this, the government is failing to act on a blueprint for reform that would give vulnerable women a chance to quit a vicious cycle of drugs, drink, mental illness and crime, and get their lives back on track?

Police force ‘failure’ over killing
27th June 2008
A police force failed in its duty of care to a woman killed by a convicted murderer she reported days before her death, the police watchdog has said. Donna Wilson, 30, was stabbed at her home in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, and died in hospital from her injuries the following day. Her killer Shaun Clarke, 45, of Shakespeare Road, Burton, hanged himself in woodland after the attack of January 21 last year.

Ombudsman quits prisoner inquiry
26th June 2008
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has quit an inquiry into the treatment of a teenage prisoner, blaming the Prison Service for unacceptable restrictions. Stephen Shaw was the chairman of a public inquiry into the treatment of a 17-year-old girl, known as SP.

Prison had ‘criminal subculture’
19th June 2008
There was a “criminal subculture” at a jail at the time a prisoner was killed by two inmates, an inquest has heard. Wayne Reid, 44, was stabbed in the chest at HMP Rye Hill, Willoughby, on the borders of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, in April 2005.


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