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  • Monday, 22 December, 2014


    Do they know it's Christmas?
    As part of our ongoing comment series, Matt Ford, Research and Policy Assistant, wrote an article on how ethnic minority people are financially excluded.

  • Friday, 19 December, 2014

    The Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales, Tom Winsor, was yesterday reappointed for a further five year term, apparently without the post being advertised. The Home Secretary Theresa May said that 'Mr Winsor has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Inspectorate is able to successfully shine a light on policing outcomes and value for money'.

  • Thursday, 18 December, 2014

    Our partner organisation, the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research, has published another comment piece on their website.

    It's all about the harms that drug laws create and why the government won't acknowledge them. Read it here.

  • Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    Yesterday the Centre held an engaging and informative conference to evaluate how well the UK is doing in preventing mistreatment in detention as part of the European Prison Observatory project.

    Roger Grimshaw spoke on the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism, which exists to enforce the recommendations of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. 

    Will McMahon introduced the key findings of a consultation exercise conducted by the Centre in HMPs Grendon and Barlinnie in 2014. 

  • Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    The House of Commons Justice Committee has called for an urgent review of the law on joint enterprise.

    This law enables a group of people to be prosecuted for murder even if they were not directly responsible. For a conviction prosecutors only have to show that a person present at the scene could have foreseen serious harm occurring. A conviction for murder carries a mandatory life sentence. 

  • Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    The Centre's team has been busy attending a range of external meetings this month. Here's a run down of where we've been:

  • Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    Teenagers with mental health needs will no longer be held in police cells for their safety, reports The Guardian. The new reforms will be announced later this week by the Home Secretary Theresa May. The maximum time someone in mental distress can be detained by the police will also be reduced from 72 to 24 hours. 

  • Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    Deborah Drake of the Open University and Neena Samota, writing on the Reclaim Justice Network website have called for collaborative working to build socially justice alternatives to criminal justice. 

  • Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Christmas has arrived early! - The January 2015 issue of the British Journal of Criminology (Volume 55, issue 1) is out now (subscription only).

    Articles include:

  • Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Posters criticising the police have been spotted in advertising space around London, reports i100. Activist magazine Strike! said they designed the posters but nobody has admitted to putting them up. 

    Mimicking the Met's own campaigns, the posters read: