July 2, 2014

What's Going on in British Prisons?

Joe Clarke, Vice

The Associated Press

Scarlett was one of 74 self-inflicted deaths recorded in English and Welsh prisons last year, the highest rate since 2007. This trend has continued with 32 more deaths between the 1st of January and the 12th of May this year. Overall, deaths in prison custody reached an all-time high in 2013. Reform groups and trade unions have blamed a combination of factors for this rise, ranging from prison over-population and bad morale, to poor mental health provision and budget cuts.

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The EU Elects a President Nobody Wants
Ian Traynor, The Guardian
A catalogue of complacency, negligence, miscalculation and manoeuvring by national leaders over the past nine months conspired to deliver an outcome no one really wanted – Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's accidental president. more ››
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Drifting Britain Needs a Foreign Policy
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Daily Telegraph
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