Thursday, January 18, 2018

Poverty is a crime under capitalism

Naima Sakande, women's justice advocate at the Centre for Criminal Appeals, said: "Poverty is not a crime and our judicial system needs to do more to acknowledge this."

Cardiff's High Court now ruled up to perhaps 18% of jailings for debt could be unlawfully given each year.

Barrister Cathryn McGahey QC, has estimated the number of unlawful committals to prison each year at a much higher figure of 52%.

The judgement said: "Ms McGahey appears to be right to condemn the relevant magistrates (and their legal advisers) as being ignorant of well-established law."

Naima Sakande, said: "The toll of being sent to prison unlawfully cannot be overstated and more must be done to protect society's most vulnerable from needlessly losing their liberty."

South Wales Branch 

Monday, 12 February 
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Unitarian Church, 
High Street, 
Swansea SA1 1NZ

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