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Economist Vicky Pryce who spent nine weeks in jail for accepting her former husband Chris Huhne's speeding points

Prison is no longer working for female offenders, says economist Vicky Pryce

The economist, who was jailed for nine weeks in 2012, tells us why she feels the justice system needs to change to help women

Vicky Pryce

The Journal Opinion: Prison reform issue has found a new voice

The Journal's opinion column for Friday, December 19, in which we focus on the subject of prison reform

Frankland Prison in Durham

Students to learn alongside some of Britain's most dangerous criminals at Durham prisons

Durham will be the first university in Europe to deliver ground-breaking criminology classes to both students and prisoners

A general picture to illustrate child poverty

Hilton Dawson: We can't just lock up paedophiles and throw away the key

Journal columnist and former MP says if we are not sufficiently aware of sexual abuse then that’s when clever, wicked people can do great damage

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Vera Baird: The Human Rights Act is badly needed - and we have ample proof

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird says human rights laws do not favour bad people over good - they help ordinary people

Nick Brown MP, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Labour MP Nick Brown urges party not to axe police and crime commissioners

Former Cabinet Minister Nick Brown urged his party to rethink plans to axe police commissioners, saying they were successful in the North East

Andy Swinburne in silhouette to conceal his identity due to his work undercover looking for illegal fox hunters

Former Northumbria Police officer claims illegal fox hunts are widespread in the region

Undercover wildlife crime investigator at centre of Northumberland fox hunting case appeals for public's health in securing more court successes

A photo to illustrate mental health problems

Stephen Lambert: Mental ill health is a problem that we cannot afford to ignore

Newcastle city councillor Stephen Lambert says awareness of mental health issues is rising - but there is still a long way to go

Retired British murder squad detective Trevor Marriott

Serial killers to top the bill at Playhouse Whitley Bay

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott is to talk about 20 notorious serial killers in an event in Whitley Bay

Former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police at Newcastle Crown Court

Sacked Cleveland Police chief in legal fight over 'golden handcuffs' deal

Sean Price, former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, is being sued by the force's Police and Crime Commissioner over £500,000 payments he received

Dr Maggie Atkinson The children's commissioner and Ruth Thompson High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear

Listening, and acting on what we hear, can tackle sex abuse says Dr Maggie Atkinson

The Children’s Commissioner, Dr Maggie Atkinson, says the region has a clear message on stamping out abuse

Children’s Commissioner, Dr Maggie Atkinson, and Ruth Thompson, High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, at the conference

Scale of sex crimes against young women in North East 'bigger than anybody had ever thought'

Sex crimes investigated by Northumbria Police's Operation Sanctuary have been 'shocking', Children's Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson has said

For the Rotherham sex abuse victims, last week’s report brought some vindication. But their ordeals will remain with them for the rest of their lives

Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan says Rotherham scandal could be tip of the iceberg

Barnardo's chief says his charity has been working hard in the North East for many years to tackle the problem of children being sexually exploited

Lambs feeding on hay at a feeder

Farmers feel 'targeted' by thieves as rural crime bites across the North East

The cost of rural crime in the region shot up last year, new figures reveal, as farmers say they believe thieves are targeting their farms

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth

Political row sparked after Cease 24 in Alnwick is saved for another year

Northumberland County Council Lib Dems hit out at the authority's Labour leaders for 'taking credit' for domestic violence funding deal

HMP Northumberland

Probation workers fear visiting HMP Northumberland after officer was hospitalised

NAPO Northumbria branch chairman Mike Quinn said staff cuts at the jail, run by private firm Sodexo, have led to a "violent culture"

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird

Northumbria and Durham Police forces get cash injection to fight sexual abuse cases

Details have been revealed for a series of projects to help tackle sexual abuse in the aftermath of Operation Yewtree

L-R Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger

Fifth man arrested in connection with deaths of two Newcastle University students

A 55-year-old man has been arrested after Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger killed in Borneo

Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett at the landslip on the main road into the town

Security stepped up to protect site of landslip near Rothbury

Security has been stepped up at the site of a landslip near Rothbury following a series of thefts

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird

Vera Baird warns slavery happening here in the North East

Crime commissioner Vera Baird is backing a new Home Office campaign which warns slavery is not confined to the past but is happening across the world and in the UK today


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