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What is Double Jeopardy? article icon

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What is Double Jeopardy?

Double jeopardy prevents a person from being tried again for the same crime. Dr Caroline Derry explains its importance and why the law has also been partially abolished...

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Radical alternatives to prison article icon

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Radical alternatives to prison

Dr David Scott considers the limitations of conventional prison facilities and proposes a number of radical alternative ways of responding to human wrongdoing.

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Drugs and the law: Legal highs article icon

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Drugs and the law: Legal highs

The UK recently issued a blanket ban on 'legal highs' but what does this legislation mean? Can the prohibition of selling these drugs stop their use? 

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You Decide: Is it a crime? activity icon

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You Decide: Is it a crime?

What do you know about England and Wales' criminal justice system? Take a look at these four cases then make your decision based on what you think is legal in our interactive.

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Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? article icon

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Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley and Lisa Claydon consider the case.

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