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Humanists UK comment on peers backing Assisted Dying Bill

Plans to allow doctors to help terminally ill adults end their lives moved closer to becoming law today, after a new Assisted Dying Bill passed its second reading in the House of Lords. Humanists UK, which campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably suffering, has praised today’s debate for its… Read more »

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Some prisons are housing almost double the number of prisoners they were intended to hold.
Overcrowded prisons ‘act as a university of crime’

By Liz Stephens Overcrowded prisons and high reoffending levels are being deliberately overlooked by ministers according to a damning report published today. The Prison Reform Trust published figures showing some prisons are housing almost double the number of prisoners they were intended to hold. The Trust also found that overcrowded jails were not preventing re-offending…. Read more »

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MPs savage UK Parole Board
MPs savage UK Parole Board

By Ian Dunt An influential committee of MPs has savaged the UK’s Parole Board, saying members are coming under pressure to make decisions on serious offenders without key information. MPs said the prison and probation services had proven unable to provide the timely and complete information necessary for the parole system to run effectively. “The… Read more »