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  • Thursday, 05 May, 2016

    The Ministry of Justice’s plan to reduce the prison population through a reduction in reoffending 'has almost no chance of success', the former New York City corrections and probation director Michael Jacobson writes in today's Guardian.

    He also cautions against plans to build new prisons, arguing that 'you simply cannot build your way out' of the problem of prison overcrowding.

  • Tuesday, 03 May, 2016

    The Centre's latest briefing, on the revolving door between government and the private sector, is covered in this morning's i newspaper.

  • Tuesday, 03 May, 2016

    The British public wants a ban on ‘revolving door’ appointments, where former ministers and civil servants join private companies they have worked closely with while in government. The findings come in a new briefing published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The briefing, called Redefining Corruption, also finds that the public disapprove of the common practice of accountancy firms advising government on tax policies, only to use the insider information gained to help corporate clients avoid paying tax.

  • Monday, 02 May, 2016

    BBC Five Live Investigates yesterday covered our new report, by Professor Steve Tombs, highlighting the lack of effective regulation of pollution, food safety and workplace health and safety standards in the UK.

    The programme looked at the health risks associated with a decline in food hygiene and other inspections.

    Between 2004 and 2015, at Local Authority level, there were:

  • Sunday, 01 May, 2016

    Thousands of British citizens are dying needlessly each year because of the government’s failure to tackle food poisoning, health and safety breaches and pollution, a new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies claims today. The report – Better Regulation: Better for whom? – by Professor Steve Tombs of The Open University, argues that lax regulation and weak enforcement has created avoidable business-generated, state-facilitated ‘social murder’.

  • Saturday, 30 April, 2016


    Eve Saville Memorial Lecture - Sylvia Walby on violent crime trends
    Professor Sylvia Walby gave an excellent presentation to a packed audience at this year’s Eve Saville Memorial Lecture. She talked about her ground-breaking new research which shows that violent crime has been rising since 2009, driven by increases in violent crime against women.

  • Friday, 29 April, 2016

    The findings of our report, which tracks some of the racist police and court practices that lead to the over-representation of young black men in the criminal justice system, were presented at a community event in Birmingham on 28 April. The findings were presented by report authors Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams of Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Thursday, 28 April, 2016

    The May issue of the British Journal of Criminology (Volume 56 issue 3) is now available via The Oxford University Press Website (subscription only).

    It includes articles on the sexual torture of refugees in Denmark, hate crime in Australia, white collar crime in Sweden, land grabs in Colombia and police searches in London.

  • Wednesday, 27 April, 2016

    An article in today's Guardian about the use of segregation in UK prisons draws on the Centre's work as part of the European Prison Observatory.

  • Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

    The Centre's Director is quoted in today's Financial Times, commenting on the recruitment crisis at London's flagship private prison, HMP Thameside.