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Children held unlawfully in police cells – an institutional and systematic problem

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 14th December 2017

A recent report relating to inspections of police custody has found that too many children who were charged and refused bail remained in custody overnight.

Some of these children were kept in cells over the weekend, when they should have been moved to alternative accommodation provided through the local authority. I regularly represent young people who have been arrested at the police station and these findings come as no surprise.

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Justice committee calls for changes to childhood criminal records disclosure

Michael Keller

Posted by Michael Keller | Solicitor
On 24th November 2017

The cost to the taxpayer of reoffending is estimated at between £9.5 billion and £13 billion annually, with half of all crime committed by people already in the criminal justice system.

A recent report by the House of Commons Justice Committee partly lays the blame for this on the rules governing the disclosure of childhood criminal records, which prevent children from moving on from their past and create barriers to rehabilitation.

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Bach commission calls for the abolition of the Legal Aid Agency and a new right to justice

Saoirse Kerrigan

Posted by Saoirse Kerrigan | Solicitor
On 25th October 2017

In a long-awaited report examining access to justice and legal aid, the Bach Commission led by the former Justice Minister and Labour Peer Lord Bach has called for major reform of the legal aid system. It is published in the wake of shocking evidence that the current system is resulting in injustices and failures that pose a threat to the rule of law.

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Face recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival – another example of over-policing of black communities that will not make society safer.

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 30th August 2017

Notting Hill Carnival is the second largest in the world and celebrates Caribbean culture, and it is one of the safest festivals in the world. Yet, every year, the apparently numerous arrests made at Carnival is widely reported and used as justification to threaten the existence of Carnival itself and to employ police tactics that are unfair and discriminatory.

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