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  • Tuesday, 26 August, 2014


    Is austerity an act of violence?

  • Friday, 22 August, 2014

    Justice Matters
    A three year strategic initiative

    This is the latest update on Justice Matters, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' three year initiative promoting radical alternatives to criminal justice.

  • Friday, 15 August, 2014

    A4e has ended a £17 million contract to deliver education and training to prisoners in 12 London prisons because it can't make a profit, reports The IndependentJuliet Lyons director of Prison Reform Trust, says 'wasting time rather than doing time is a far cry from the rehabilitation revolution'.  

  • Thursday, 14 August, 2014

    The September issue of the British Journal of Criminology (volume 54, issue 5) is now available to download (subscription only).

    Articles include:

  • Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

    Writing in The Guardian, Deborah Orr comments on 'Sobriety tags' due to be trialled in four London boroughs. She explains that given the relationship between drunkeness and arrests, and the lacklustre performance of prisons in acheiving their aims, or indeed providing a humane environment for prisoners, the devices 'offer punishment and opportunity in a way prison rarely does'.

  • Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

    Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police wants the police to have the right to access sensitive medical data without consent, reports The Guardian. He said that dealing with vulnerable groups now makes up 70% of police work and that speedy access to medical records would give the police a better understanding of the people they are expected to help.

  • Monday, 11 August, 2014

    A report by UNISON has revealed that 2000 youth workers have been axed and 350 youth centres closed since 2012.  As a result 41,000 youth service places and 35,000 hours of outreach work by youth workers have been lost. This equates to at least £60 million of funding withdrawn from youth services due to centrally imposed local government budget reductions.  

  • Monday, 11 August, 2014

    DMSS have released a report which analyses the risk factors associated with negative outcomes across the life course for women and girls. These poor outcomes include: involvement in the criminal justice system; homelessness; sexual exploitation; mental health problems; and, substance misuse. 

    The report found, amongst other things, that:

  • Tuesday, 05 August, 2014

    Charities have warned that the widespread closure of women's refuges will have devastating consequences for women who are victims of domestic violence. Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said 'we are at crisis point...due to ongoing cuts to local funding and poor commissioning practices'. She went on to say that without refuge provision women will face the choice of either fleeing to live on the streets or remaining with their abuser.

  • Tuesday, 05 August, 2014

    According to Ministry of Justice figures released last Thursday, there has been a 69% rise in suicides in penal institutions in the 12 months ending in March 2014. The Guardian reports on the 30% rise in serious assaults (1,661) and 3 murders over the same period. The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said 'there was no simple explanation for the increase'.