Agencies condemned for treatment of vulnerable boy

January 29, 2011 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Peter Barry

originally by: INQUEST
27th January 2011

The jury at the second inquest into the death of 14 year old Adam Rickwood in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre in County Durham on 8 August 2004 today returned a damning narrative verdict criticising failings by Serco, the private company running Hassockfield, the Youth Justice Board, Prison Service restraint trainers and the Lancashire Youth Offending Team.

Following today’s verdict, Adam Rickwood’s mother Carol Pounder said:

Nothing can bring Adam back. I have waited over six years for truth and justice. All I have ever wanted is to find out the truth about what happened to my son and for those responsible for unlawful assaults to be held to account.

Acting for Carol Pounder, Mark Scott of Bhatt Murphy solicitors, said:

It has taken a six year legal battle, including a flawed first inquest and three judicial reviews (one of which went to the Court of Appeal), to finally expose the numerous failings and illegal treatment that Adam, and many other vulnerable children in privatised child prisons, have suffered.

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New Cross Fire: 30th year anniversary

January 16, 2011 in Race & Society, Remembrance by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

On This Day – New Cross
BBC Archive

18th January 2010 will mark 30 years since the controversial fire that claimed many lives and left many questioning the quality of the police investigation into the deaths. There are those that say it was an accident and others, a deliberate racist attack the authorities couldn’t be bothered to investigate!

The New Cross Fire was a devastating house fire which killed 13 young black people during a birthday party in New Cross, southeast London on Sunday January 18, 1981. The black community were shocked by the indifference of the white population, and accused the London Metropolitan Police of covering up the cause, which they suspected was an arson attack motivated by racism; the protests arising out of the fire led to a mobilisation of black political activity.

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Justice on trial…

January 16, 2011 in Reform & Corruption by Tippa Naphtali

all credits: The Guardian

The Guardians’ ‘Justice on Trial’ is an ongoing series that aims to highlight cases where there are major concerns of a miscarriage of justice.

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‘It’s like being buried alive’

Since the 1980s and 90s a flow of miscarriage of justice cases has undermined public confidence in the criminal justice system. John Kamara, Paddy Hill and Sean Hodgson describe their experiences of wrongful conviction. Watch the video here >

WARNING: This video contains strong language from the outset!

The Injustice Gallery

Gallery (21 pictures): Prominent British miscarriage of justice cases in the last half century. View the gallery >