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A human face to the death penalty

By Mary Fitzgerald  

Ian Blair resigns, and the Metropolitan police remains as racially divided as ever

According to Dostoyevsky, we can judge a society on how it treats its prisoners. If so, a new exhibition by the artist Claire Phillips, which opened at the Oxo Gallery on London’s Southbank last night, provides a bleak assessment of the condition of the most advanced nation in the world.

The aim of the project, supported by the charity Reprieve, is unambiguous: it wants to show us how crude, inhumane and unjust the ongoing use…

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