Crime News

January 12, 2017

Concluding his investigation into mentally disordered prisoners, Nick Davies looks at the number of children in prisons which cannot deal with their mental health problems

We jail more children than almost any other country in the European Union. While politicians have...

October 20, 2016

After autistic teenager Mzee Mohammed died in custody in Liverpool this summer, his family buried him in the Caribbean. Afua Hirsch reports, and hears why the Jamaican diaspora are so concerned for the safety of their young men in Britain

On a sun-bleached street in Man...

October 20, 2016

One prisoner has died and two others have been critically injured at HMP Pentonville - the third killing in England and Wales jails since the start of 2016. How dangerous are our prisons?

How many assaults were there?

Violence in prisons is on the rise, with assaults by...

October 20, 2016

There is a belief that locking young people up will solve the problem of violence on our streets (Young people with knives who film victims for social media face harsher punishments, 6 October,, but that hasn’t worked and it’s not a deterrent.

We unders...

July 23, 2016

Mohammed, 18, died after being detained by police at shopping centre following reports he had a knife.

The mayor of Liverpool has sought to reassure the public that an investigation into the death of a black teenager who had been detained by police will be fully transpa...

July 19, 2016

New justice secretary comments after chief prisons inspector Peter Clarke says ‘legal highs’ are making jails dangerous.

The new justice secretary, Liz Truss, is to press ahead “at pace” with her predecessor Michael Gove’s radical prison reform programme despite a fresh...

June 15, 2016

Children in care are six times more likely than other young people to be cautioned or convicted of a crime, year-long inquiry by Lord Laming shows

Children in care are being ‘sucked into the criminal justice system for trivial reasons’, Lord Laming told the Times.


June 14, 2016

In a comparison of 50 European countries, Britain is behind only Russia and Turkey in number of prisoners

Britain has the largest prison population in western Europe at 95,248, which is nearly 20,000 higher than France and 30,000 more than Germany, according to the late...

June 11, 2016

More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.

  • biggest shakeup of prisons since Victorian times begins, as first six reform prisons named, including one of Europe’s largest...

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