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  • Thursday, 17 July, 2014

    A study by two UK universities concludes that the local elites and communities protect pirates in Somalia because they lack an income, reports BBC News. The study, by the University of Oxford and King's College London, is published in the British Journal of Criminology. 

  • Monday, 07 July, 2014

    Last week the British Academy published Presumption against imprisonment, a new report documenting the high use of imprisonment in England and Wales and in Scotland ov

  • Monday, 07 July, 2014

    This week the British Society of Criminology is holding its annual conference in Liverpool.

    To coincide with the conference a free virtual issue of the British Journal of Criminology (BJC) on 'Global Criminology: Prospects and Challenges' is available on the BJC website.

    The Centre established the BJC in 1950 and it is one of the longest running, and influential, criminological journals in the world.

  • Friday, 04 July, 2014

    The Centre's director, Richard Garside, is speaking at People's Parliament event on Tuesday, 8 July on what a future without the police might look like. The event, organised by Strike Magazine, will be taking place in Committee Room 9, between 7.00 and 8.30 pm.

  • Friday, 04 July, 2014

    This month sees the Centre starting work on a new project comparing alternatives to incarceration across eight European countries.

    The European Observatory on Alternatives to Incarceration, a two year project funded by the European Union, will draw on the expertise of organisations in eight European countries to establish a comparative picture of the use, implementation and success of alternatives to prison in each country. Crucially it intends to identify measures which have reduced the use of custody.

  • Tuesday, 01 July, 2014

    Despite being under the age of criminal responsibility, police have stopped and searched more than 1,000 children under the age of ten during the past five years. Furthermore, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children found that more than one million stop and searches were carried out on people under the age of 18 across 26 police forces in England and Wales.

  • Monday, 30 June, 2014

    Research from a survey of 2,149 respondents, by thinkmoney, reveals that 4.5 million adults have a mere £10 of disposable income left after paying their bills.

    Ian Williams, Director of Communications at thinkmoney, said, 'It’s stressful not knowing if you will have enough money to pay the bills and afford added extras each month'.

  • Monday, 30 June, 2014
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  • Friday, 27 June, 2014

    The outgoing Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Matt Baggott, has told the BBC that his force should no longer be responsible for investigating murders by the British state and paramilitary groups during Northern Ireland civil conflict.

    There was a 'need to separate the past from the present,' he told the BBC. 'I think however that is done, the PSNI should no longer be accountable for dealing with issues that pre-date the Good Friday Agreement'.

  • Friday, 27 June, 2014

    Our Director Richard Garside was one of more than 80 individuals and organisations who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a review of the United Kingdom's approach to illegal drugs.

    The letter was organised by drugs charity Release and published yesterday as part of the Global Day of Action, to raise awareness of the harms caused by the war on drugs. It points out that in the past 15 years, over 1.5 million people have been criminalised in the UK for drugs possession.

    Richard said:

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