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February 2007 Archives (International News)

14th February 2007

"Gun-crime bill on 'deathbed,' liberals say" by Janice Tibbetts, National Post

There is a general consensus among criminologists that minimum mandatory sentences do nothing to deter crime. The gun crime bill was introduced primarily as a response to a wave of gang-related shootings that plagued Toronto and other large cities in 2005, months before the last election. Read more

Press Release: Prison Growth Could Cost Up to $27.5 Billion Over Next 5 Years

By 2011 one in every 178 U.S. residents will live in prison, according to a new report released today by the Public Safety Performance Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more

15th February 2007

Submission of the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Shelley v United Kingdom

Written submission of the UK Government in the case of Shelley v UK, which examines the issue of prison syringe exchange Read more

21st February 2007

"The prisoners who pay $125 a pack to beat smoking ban" by Chris Ayers, The Times (of London)

California is being urged to drop or overhaul its no-smoking policy in prisons after black market prices in jail reached $125 (£64) for a packet, sparking riots and a booming trade that is diverting warders from their duties. Read more

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