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Criminal justice since 2010
In the current issue of London Review of Books, Daniel Trilling reports on his visit to the notorious Amygdaleza immigration detention centre on the outskirts of Athens.
Last month, the newly-appointed minister for public order, Yannis Panousis, visited Amygdaleza to express his 'shame, not as a minister but as a human being’ that the detention centre existed. He said he planned to shut it down within a hundred days.
Describing the pens in which migrants are held for months, sometimes years, Trilling writes:
We are pleased to announce a new research and policy project funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. 'Joint enterprise and gang databases. A cause for concern?' will involve an analysis of survey materials and data from gang databases.
We are collaborating with Patrick Williams and Rebecca Clarke of Manchester Metropolitan University and the advocacy group, JENGbA (Joint Enterprise - Not Guilty by Association).
Alex Massie commenting on The Spectator website today raises the issue of safety and asks the question 'when did it become ok for the police to electrocute children?' New figures obtained from the Home Office show that 400 children had Tasers 'drawn' on them in 2013. The BBC highlights that this is a 37% increase on the previous year.
On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February we held a conference in conjunction with The Monitoring Group, Tottenham Rights and Imran Khan & Partners. We heard from a range of moving and inspiring speakers on police corruption, spying, racism and accountability.
Video footage from many of the sessions are now available to view online.
There's only one month to go until our all-day conference, 'Criminal justice since 2010. What happened? What next?' on Monday 23 March. It forms part of our Uk Justice Policy Review programme of activities supported by the Hadley Trust. The conference will assess the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examine the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election.
On Wednesday 28 January we held an event, 'Justice Matters for young black men: tackling the ethnic penalty'. About 40 people came together to discuss the social context that forms the backdrop to the disproportionate and harmful punishment experienced by young black men.
Dr David Whyte of the University of Liverpool brings together a wide range of leading commentators and campaigners, offering a series of troubling answers, in his forthcoming book to be released on 20 March 2015 and published by Pluto Press.
Journal publishers Taylor and Francis have made their most read 2014 criminology articles available free to view on their website.
Articles from our magazine, Criminal Justice Matters, have been made available as part of this offer and can be linked to below;
Theresa May is to launch an independent review into the welfare of immigration detainees, The Guardian reports. The review will be led by former prisons and probation ombudsman Stephen Shaw, and should take around six months to complete. It will assess whether 'improvements can be made to safeguard the health and well-being of detainees held in immigration removal centres and short-term holding facilities, as well as those being escorted in the UK'.