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About Juliet Lyon

Juliet Lyon is director of the Prison Reform Trust and secretary general of Penal Reform International.

Articles by Juliet Lyon

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The UK should encourage prisoners to be good citizens and let them vote

The European Court of Human Rights has yet again ruled that the UK violated prisoners' rights by denying them the right to vote. Still, the Coalition government resists.

Rising suicides and assaults, more punitive regimes, less rehabilitation. No prisons crisis?

The UK government must act swiftly to reverse a steep and dangerous decline.

Time to unravel the cruel, irrational legacy of UK’s open-ended prison sentences

Strasbourg has ruled indeterminate sentences unlawful. Thousands of prisoners, having served their tariff, remain stuck in prison with no prospect of release, not for what they have done but for what they might do in the future.

Prison is punishment enough

The punitive language of retribution ignores common sense, justice and compelling evidence of what works, and the new language of the market degrades our penal system, demeaning the tens of thousands of people within its walls.

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