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Last week we published a piece by Professor Tim Hope, which called for the abolition of the uniformed police service.
'The case for Police Abolitionism is derived from the ethical and moral principles of abolitionism often voiced with regard to penal institutions. In our contemporary world, a uniformed police cannot be a civil society institution; yet genuine control and prevention of crime is only achievable through the institutions of civil society, since the harms of crime are suffered by powerless citizens.'
A report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents findings from the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women, revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online. As well as demonstrating the wide prevalence of violence against adult women, the report also details incidents of physical and sexual violence experienced by women in childhood.
The report finds that:
The goverment has appointed a senior 'minder' from business to oversee G4S, according to the Financial Times (Free, but registration required).
Ian Tyler, former Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty, is to be appointed Crown Representative for G4S, the security company at the centre of allegations of overcharging of electronic monitoring and prisoner transport contracts.
Students from the University of Blackburn College have produced a film exploring social harm and crime, using resources produced by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. We are always excited to see creative ways of tackling critical academic questions.
As part of our Justice Matters initiative we are challenging people to think about a criminal justice practice, policy or institution to abolish or abstain from. It can be conventional or unconventional – the choice is up to you. The challenge isn’t just about abolishing something. We are keen to build alternatives – so we want to encourage people to put forward ideas for something positive.
The Paris police engaged in a decade-long underrecording of crime incidents to make the French capital appear safer than it was, a government-ordered report claims.
According to The Daily Telegraph 16,000 suspected crime incidents were wiped from police records in 2011 and 13,000 in 2012. The claims follow a report last year that found that almost 130,000 crime incidents had 'disappeared' nationally in France between 2007 and 2012.
Living without criminal justice
According to a study by Transform Justice, magistrates are now older and less representative of ethnic communities, with 2,016 standing down in the past year leading to concerns that recruitment will continue to drop, as reported today in The Guardian.
Penelope Gibbs, Director of Transform Justice, said: