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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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Home Office rejects claims of secret early release plans
Home Office denies prisoner early release plans

The Home Office has been forced to deny claims that plans are being drawn up to release thousands of prisoners early if Britain’s jails become too full. The so-called administrative release system would, according to The Times, see inmates serving sentences of under a year freed early if the prison population became unmanageable. “We do… Read more »

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Prison Service paid out more than £4m in compensation last year
Prisoner compensation tops £4m

Compensation paid to prisoners for assault, accidents and other complaints has doubled in the past year to more than £4 million, official figures show. The majority of this money was paid in out of court settlements – £4 million – while a further £26,000 was awarded by the courts in 2005-06. This compares to just… Read more »