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Mar

Plastic Bullets and the Law, 1990

No.-15-Plastic-Bullets-and-the-Law-March-1990 Plastic bullets, officially called baton rounds, were first introduced as a riot control weapon by the British Army in Northern Ireland in 1973. The Royal Ulster Constabulary began to use them in 1978. Since then more than 54,000 rounds have been fired and the weapon has completely replaced rubber bullets. Late in 1989, re-affirmed...
01
Nov

Lay Visitors to Police Stations in Northern Ireland, 1989

No.-14-Lay-visitors-to-police-stations-in-NI-1990 This publication is intended to complement the pamphlets to complement the pamphlets already issued on complaints against the police (No. 3 & 4), on consultation between the police and the public (No. 6), on the Stalker Affair (No. 10) and on Police Accountability (No. 11).
01
Sep

Life Sentence and SOSP Prisoners in Northern Ireland, 1989

No.-12-Life-sentence-and-SOSP-prisoners-in-NI-1989 At 1st July 1988 there were 406 life sentence prisoners and 32 prisoners held at the Secretary of State’s pleasure in Northern Ireland. This constitutes around 27% of the average daily prison population, a figure considerably higher than the average 6% which prevails in the rest of the United Kingdom. Many of these prisoners...
01
Jun

Debt – An Emergency Situation? A history of the Payments for Debt Act in Northern Ireland and its effects on public employees and people on state benefits, 1989

No.-13-Debt-an-Emergency-Situation-1989 The Payments of Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 (PDA) was enacted in October 1971 to counter a rent and rates strike which had been called in protest against thee introduction of internment in August 1971. The legislation stated that the Act was to stay in force until six months after the end...
01
Sep

Police Accountability in Northern Ireland, 1988

No.-11-Police-Accountability-in-NI-1988 As part of a search for the best possible system of administering justice in Northern Ireland the committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has studied two aspects of policing – the method of handling complaints against the police and the machinery for consultation between the police and the public (CAJ pamphlets no. 4...
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