All features (justice)

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Fenced in

Locking up victims of trafficking

ESRC-funded research carried out by Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe and Dr Liz Hales revealed that a majority of women in custody had been victims of trafficking, smuggling and work under duress.

Prisoner

Torture by any other name

The category of 'torture' has been used by Western states to distinguish between the civilised and the uncivilised. The moral and political stakes are often simply too high for the British state to admit responsibility for such an act, according to research.

Patrolling police

How Europeans trust courts and police

People in Nordic countries have a high level of trust in the police and courts, while people in Eastern European countries tend to be the least trusting of justice institutions, according to recent findings from the ESRC-supported European Social Survey.

Gavel

Understanding why rape cases are dropped

Sixty-five per cent of studied rape cases studied were lost at the earliest stage of the justice process, with police decision to take no further action a significant factor. Research shows that police assess a combination of features of the victim and of the incident to determine 'good cases' for court.

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