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  • Tuesday, 30 June, 2015


    Fourth UK Justice Policy Review

  • Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

    In the lead up to the general election in May 2015, plans for a new 'secure college' in Leicestershire were put on hold. Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, was questioned in parliament on 23 June about the government's intentions. He stated that the plans are 'under review' but seemed reluctant to expand on this;

  • Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

    You might have noticed that our work has been getting some media coverage recently. An analysis of government spending data by our Research and Policy Assistant, Matt Ford, published on 25 June, was picked up by a number of news outlets.

    The analysis found that G4S and Serco are still being paid millions for providing electronic tagging equipment to the Ministry of Justice, despite being under criminal investigation for overcharging when they ran the contracts.

  • Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

    The proportion of black and ethnic minority children and young people held in the youth justice system has increased sharply over the last decade, according to an analysis by The Guardian. The original data comes from the Youth Justice Board and includes young offender institutions, secure detention centres and secure training centres in England and Wales.

  • Monday, 29 June, 2015

    Controversial security companies G4S and Serco received more than seven pounds in every ten spent by the government on prison and probation-related contracts in the four years to April 2014, according to new research by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies published today. The research, published in the fourth edition of UK Justice Policy Review, is based on analysis of Ministry of Justice transparency data.

  • Friday, 26 June, 2015

    We are pleased to announce our new project, One Small Thing.

    Recognising that the traumatic pasts of criminalised women affect their present, One Small Thing will work with staff in women’s prisons and in the community, developing approaches grounded in understanding and fostering positive outcomes for all. We call this trauma-informed practice.

    The name reflects the value of those small things – such as compassion, understanding, respect – and their power to make a big difference.

  • Thursday, 25 June, 2015

    Following the sad death of Professor Nils Christie last month, Oxford University Press have made his 1977 article 'Conflicts as property' available free to view as a mark of respect of his presence in the discipline. In this classic text, the article opens with the following;

    'Maybe we should not have any criminology. Maybe we should abolish institutes, not open them. Maybe the social consequences of criminology are more dubious than we like to think.'

  • Thursday, 25 June, 2015

    The Ministry of Justice is continuing to pay controversial security firms G4S and Serco millions of pounds a month for electronic tagging, more than a year after both companies were supposedly banned from delivering such work. The revelation comes following an analysis of Ministry of Justice data by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, published today.

  • Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

    The Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, today said that Pentonville Prison in North London should be demolished, with affordable housing for Londoners built in its place.

    His comments follow another grim report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, which found that prisoners were placed in filthy cells and that levels of violence had almost doubled in under two years.

    Richard said:

  • Monday, 22 June, 2015

    The 100th issue of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' magazine, Criminal Justice Matters, is now available to view in full on our website.