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All prisoners serving life sentence in Belize to be re-sentenced following major decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice

April 2018
At least 44 prisoners currently serving life sentences in Belize will be re-sentenced following an important judgment by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). After considering reforms to the Belize Criminal Code, the CCJ has found that judges have discretion ... read more »

UK judges uphold death sentence of Trinidad prisoner despite him “more likely than not” having serious mental illness

March 2018
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) has rejected the appeal of death row prisoner Jay Chandler, despite new psychiatric evidence that he was “more likely than not” in a psychotic state at the time of the killing for ... read more »

Caribbean Court of Justice considers constitutionality of the mandatory death penalty in Barbados

January 2018
Today, the Caribbean Court of Justice hears the appeals of two death row prisoners who are seeking to have the mandatory death penalty in Barbados struck down as a violation of human rights. Barbados is one of only two countries ... read more »

Kenyan Supreme Court declares mandatory death penalty unconstitutional

December 2017
The mandatory death penalty violates fundamental human rights, rules the Supreme Court of Kenya today in a historic judgment that will affect thousands of prisoners. Prior to the judgment, any person convicted of murder, or robbery with violence, in Kenya ... read more »

New death penalty report reveals widespread concern among former Supreme Court judges about a crisis in India’s criminal justice system

December 2017
A new research study, Matters of Judgement, sheds fresh light on the complicated and sometimes troubling views of India’s most senior judges towards the death penalty and the administration of justice in India. Interviews were conducted with 60 former Supreme ... read more »