New book addresses controversial police powers and accountability

Police vs People source: StopWatch
published: 9 December 2015

The recently released ‘Stop and Search: the Anatomy of a Police Power’ provides a compelling and well-rounded analysis of the issues around the power that daily allows officers to invade an individual’s privacy and to intrude into people’s liberty.

Academics and renowned criminologists have contributed to the book’s eight chapters, covering issues ranging from police racism and the economic case for stop and search to counter terrorism policing.

The book launch, hosted by the LSE on 26 November, saw discussions by Emeritus Professor Robert Reiner, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa and the book’s editors and contributors.

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Mothers and sons. On children who have died in UK prisons

Police Cell Victimsource: The Justice Gap
published: 24 June 2015

Joseph Scholes and Adam Rickwood died within weeks of being placed in penal institutions. Carolyne Willow met the boys’ mothers, and tells their stories in her shocking book, Children Behind Bars.

Joseph’s story:
Joseph Scholes loved Lego. Every Christmas he would ask for the biggest set, the castle or the pirate galleon, and spend the day building. Joseph was one of four children, he belonged to a close family: they ate meals together around the kitchen table, had regular holidays and enjoyed each others’ company.

He was born in Sale, Greater Manchester, on 20 February 1986. His mother told me Joseph was quite a large baby and “very, very beautiful”.

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IAP – Statistical analysis of deaths between 2000 & 2013

Box Filesoriginally by: IAP
published: May 2015

The IAP published their fourth statistical report into deaths in custody – covering the period 2000-2013. There were 523 recorded deaths in custody in 2013. Click here for more.

Statistics published since January 2015

Coroners Statistics 2014 for England and Wales published
The Ministry of Justice has published the latest Coroners Statistics 2014 for England and Wales. The report presents the number of deaths reported to coroners, post-mortem examinations, inquests opened, and inquests concluded. Click here for more.

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