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# Criminal Justice System

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# First Step Act
Last week, the US passed a bill to radically reform its criminal justice system - but what will it change?
The bill passed in the Senate last week after it received huge bipartisan support.
Survivors of sexual violence are let down by the criminal justice system – here’s what should happen
The poor treatment of survivors, when combined with few perpetrators being convicted and a perception of lenient sentencing, could tacitly signal to society a “decriminalisation of rape”, writes Dr Simon McCarthy-Jones.
# Crime victims helpline
Assault and burglary account for nearly half the calls received by the Crime Victims Helpline in 2015
40% of people who contacted the helpline were looking for emotional support.
# Criminal Justice System
Ireland sends more Asian people to jail for growing cannabis than Irish people
A new report has found that Ireland may be sending victims of slavery to prison, rather than helping to free them.
# Human Rights
Iraq executions top 150 this year so far
The level of death sentences carried out is at highest since 2008 – even though critics say that conviction procedures fall short of international standards.
# officers
89 gardaí have taken part in exchanges with the PSNI
The Minister for Justice said that the implementation of the articles on this is a key measure towards improving cross-community confidence in the impartiality of the criminal justice system.
Just two ASBOS issued since 2010 as much-criticised system is shunned
However most than 3,500 behaviour warnings, the first step to an ASBO, have been issued – including 1,200 to children.
# Prisons
Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'
A report by the Inspector of Prisons earlier this year had found that Limerick Prison was not fit for purpose and needed a ‘regime change’.
# criminal justice
160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas
The majority of the prisoners come from lower security institutions.
Column: ‘A girl said a man had raped her. I said it didn’t happen’
Nejolla Korris is known as the Human Lie Detector. Here’s how she helps police forces sort the innocent from the guilty.
# Northern Ireland
NI Police Ombudsman 'becoming less independent' - report
The Criminal Justice Inspection publishes a report saying the police ombudsman’s office has been undermined by its work in high-profile cases.
# Prisons
Prison system damaging to individuals and society: report
The Irish Prison Chaplains’ annual reports slams the criminal justice system and the media.