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Books for prisoners

As a young law student, I learned of four justifications for imprisoning convicted criminals – public protection, deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. How are any of these aims served by the decision to remove local discretion to allow (amongst other things) books to be sent into prisons?

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Happy ever after

Pass the confetti – it’s been a long time coming but, from midnight tonight, same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in England and Wales for the very first time. As the clock strikes 12 gay couples will be able to wed in the first ever ceremonies in this country, as the new law permitting same-sex marriage comes into force.

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Inside: The power of books in prisons

Writers at Liberty's very own Bidisha writes in response to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's ban on books being sent to prisoners. You can also read her piece, On Lies, Liberation and Liberty, for Liberty80, here

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Tony Benn (1925 – 2014)

In the final decade of an extraordinary political life, Tony Benn was a great friend of Liberty and human rights.

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The case for a military ombudsman

For too long, the Armed Forces have avoided independent scrutiny of the way they handle complaints. The verdict this week in the inquest into the tragic death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement once again shows the horrific consequences of this secretive system which allows bullying to go unpunished and extreme stress, unaddressed.

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Georgina Henry (1960-2014)

Yesterday the Round Chapel in Hackney was completely crammed with people paying tribute to one of the greats of modern journalism - Georgina Henry, who has died aged 53 of cancer.

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Join Us Be Heard

We might not look our age, but today Liberty celebrates 80 years of protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights.

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Data rethink

You’ll remember that last week we warned you about “care.data”. This new NHS data-sharing scheme would’ve seen your patient-identifiable data uploaded from your GP to a single database for the first time ever. The upload was due to begin in April, with the database going live in May. But today it emerged that the rollout has been delayed for six months.

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The fight that's never done

We might not look it, but next Monday Liberty turns 80. To help celebrate, we’re currently hosting an Anniversary Exhibition at St-Martin-in-the-Fields in London – the very place our founders first met, 80 years ago. We invited Liberty members to come and join us at the exhibition for a special members’ day. Here’s an edited version of what our Chair, Frances Butler, had to say as she welcomed our members to the special event...

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In the line of duty

When I walk home late at night, the sight of a police uniform is one of great reassurance. Not a surprising revelation, you might think, from a middle-aged professional woman like me. But, sadly, that feeling of reassurance is not shared by too many of the young people that I meet in my work, young men in particular, whose experiences of constant stops and searches, or of being “kettled” at peaceful demonstrations, has left them suspicious of the officers charged with serving and protecting them and the rest of society.

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