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  • Thursday, 18 December, 2014

    Our partner organisation the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research has released another comment piece on their website. Its all about the harms that drug laws create and why the government won't acknowledge them. Read it here.

  • Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    Yesterday the Centre held an engaging and informative conference to evaluate how well the UK is doing in preventing mistreatment in detention as part of the European Prison Observatory project.

    Roger Grimshaw spoke on the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that exists to enforce the recommendations of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (OPCAT). 

    Will McMahon introduced the key findings of a consultation exercise conducted by the Centre in HMPs Grendon and Barlinnie in 2014. 

  • Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

    The Centre's team has been busy attending a range of external meetings this month. Here's a run down of where we've been:

  • Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    Teenagers with mental health needs will no longer be held in police cells for their safety, reports The Guardian. The new reforms will be announced later this week by the Home Secretary Theresa May. The maximum time someone in mental distress can be detained by the police will also be reduced from 72 to 24 hours. 

  • Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

    Deborah Drake of the Open University and Neena Samota, writing on the Reclaim Justice Network website have called for collaborative working to build socially justice alternatives to criminal justice. 

  • Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Christmas has arrived early! - The January 2015 issue of the British Journal of Criminology (Volume 55, issue 1) is out now (subscription only).

    Articles include:

  • Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Posters criticising the police have been spotted in advertising space around London, reports i100. Activist magazine Strike! said they designed the posters but nobody has admitted to putting them up. 

    Mimicking the Met's own campaigns, the posters read:

  • Monday, 15 December, 2014

    Police forces across England and Wales must reform if they are to survive austerity cuts, claims the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, in The Guardian today.

  • Friday, 12 December, 2014

    On Wednesday 10 December, The Young Review was released and Rebecca Roberts, Senior Policy Associate attended the launch at the House of Lords. The review investigates the exeperiences and outcomes of young black and/or Muslim men in the criminal justice system. The report reveals that there is greater disproportionality in the number of black people in prison in the UK than in the United States.

  • Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

    The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report on Tuesday suggesting that higher levels of inequality slow economic growth, reports The Guardian. The research analysed data from all 34 of its wealthy member states. 

    It estimates that if UK inequality had not increased in recent decades the economy would be 20% bigger. In contrast, lower levels of inequality in Spain, France and Ireland boosted their economies before the recession.

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