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Court declares mentally ill female prisoner not a dangerous offender

Marlene Carter, a 43-year-old inmate with severe mental illness who’s spent much of her five years behind bars tied to a plank, bed or chair in a solitary cell, is not a dangerous offender, a judge has ruled. 301 more words

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Impatient judge was too cranky at trial, review finds, as man's speeding conviction dropped

The cranky judge is a staple of television courtroom drama, to enliven dry proceedings, but it takes a special kind of crankiness from the bench to actually sway a case. 837 more words

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Some mentally ill inmates face different kind of solitary confinement

Special designations for federal inmates with the most complex psychiatric needs often result in their being kept in what is, effectively, solitary confinement – just don’t call it that. 737 more words

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Tied down in solitary for years, is sick inmate a dangerous offender?

Update: a judge’s ruling late Thursday afternoon determine Marlene Carter is not a dangerous offender. Read the story here.

Marlene Carter is sick.

The 43-year-old’s compulsion to hurt herself is so great she’ll hurl herself, against restraints, to smack her head against whatever hard surface is closest. 847 more words

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What is a Registered Intermediary and Why are they so important?

The NSPCC’s Order in Court campaign is calling for all young witnesses to have access to a Registered Intermediary. But what is a Registered Intermediary and why is their role so important? 129 more words

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If crime is down, why are jails crammed with legally innocent people?

Crime is down – violent crime, especially. But provincial jails are overflowing with a growing number of people who are legally innocent and awaiting trial, a Canadian Civil Liberties Association report finds. 1,100 more words

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If crime is down, why are provincial jails crammed with legally innocent people?

July 23, 2014 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

Crime is down – violent crime, especially. But provincial jails are overflowing with a growing number of people who are legally innocent and awaiting trial, a Canadian Civil Liberties Association report finds.

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