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  • Wednesday, 02 September, 2015

    The ongoing decline in police numbers presents us with an opportunity to rebalance public policy, our director Richard Garside writes in a letter published in today's Guardian.

    A decade of generous police budgets up to the 2010 General Election, Richard argues, was 'disastrous for a balanced approach to public policy':

  • Monday, 31 August, 2015

    WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

    Private companies and immigration detention
    Our Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in The Financial Times this month talking about private sector companies running immigration detention centres. Read more here.

  • Wednesday, 26 August, 2015

    On Friday, 25 September, the preliminary findings of research led by economist Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay on the relative effectiveness of non-custodial sentences will be presented at a workshop at the University of Birmingham. 

    There will also be talks by:

  • Wednesday, 26 August, 2015

    Ejeris Dixon has outlined the potential role of 'transformative justice' in addressing violence and harm experienced by black people in the US. Writing for the website, Truthout, Ejeris describes the thinking behind such approaches;

  • Tuesday, 25 August, 2015

    Dr Sarah Lamble of Birkbeck University recently gave a presentation to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies on balancing short term reform goals with long term change. Based on her research and experiences of working in the anti-violence movement, Sarah identifies a number of key challenges facing activists. She concludes by outlining four strategies to support organising for long term change.

    The video can be viewed below:

  • Tuesday, 18 August, 2015

    Last week the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in an article in the Financial Times about private companies running immigration detention centres. 

    He said, 'if the state is going to detain someone, it should be under the auspices of state agencies, not the private sector'.

  • Thursday, 06 August, 2015

    As the Kid's Company controversy gathers momentum, Camila Batmanghelidjh defends how the charity was run on BBC Radio Four's Today programme (it starts at 2 hours 10 minutes) Earlier in the programme (at 1 hour 11 minutes) Kathy Evans, chief executive of Children England, the umbrella group for the children’s voluntary sector, describes the collapse in funding that the children's charity sector has experienced because of spending cuts as a result of the banking crisis.

  • Wednesday, 05 August, 2015

    Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has called for 'a new approach' in responding to vulnerable and missing teenagers. He emphasised the need to protect children, but questioned whether the police are best placed to do this, reports BBC News.

    Speaking to BBC News at Ten, he raised the question of whether we need more social workers and fewer police officers. He said:

  • Monday, 03 August, 2015

    This is the July 2015 edition of our ebulletin

  • Tuesday, 28 July, 2015

    Lord Justice Pitchford today opened the public inquiry into police spying on justice campaigners and political activists between 1968 and 2010, BBC News reports. 

    Theresa May ordered the inquiry after it was revealed that undercover police officers had spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence, Labour MPs, trade unionists and justice campaigns such as anti-racism groups.

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