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Plans for the UK to build a £25 million prison in Jamaica with the capacity to hold 1,500 people were announced by David Cameron today at the start of his visit to the Caribbean island, the BBC reports. The prison will hold Jamaican nationals convicted of breaking the law in the UK.
The news came as David Cameron rejected calls from Jamaican MPs and campaigners for the UK to pay reparations for the slave trade it ran in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Cameron said that Jamaica should 'move on from this painful legacy'.
The September 2015 issue of the British Journal of Criminology (volume 55, issue 5) is out now (subscription only).
It includes an article by William R. Wood on why restorative justice will not reduce prison numbers, but if you don't have a BJC subscription, you can read a blog he wrote for us along the same lines.
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has published a new on-line report, Community sentences since 2000. How they work – and why they have not cut prisoner numbers.
The Met police attracted criticism after sending a letter to 24 young people in Brent - all believed to be black - demanding they attend a community meeting or be treated like law-breakers, The Guardian reports. The 'gang call-in' letter was sent on 19 August following a stabbing in the area.
On 14 September, 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies hosted a roundtable meeting where we heard from Dr Deborah Drake (The Open University) and Professor Reece Walters (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane). They discussed their research into the David Nutt affair. Drawing on interviews conducted with many of the key players, they conclude that high-stakes political issues can open up unprecedented opportunities for critical voices to engage in unbridled critique and to mobilise movements of dissent.
The Independent today covers new research on long-term trends in crime to be presented at an event this coming Friday (18 September) at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield, Southampton and Sciences Po in Paris argue that the association between unemployment and property crime – which was strong in the 1970s and 1980s – weakened after 1995 and became non-existent by 2005.
The assumption that rising unemployment means rising crime is challenged by new research to be presented at an event at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies on Friday, 18 September. The research finds that the association between unemployment and property crime – which was strong in the 1970s and 1980s – weakened after 1995 and became non-existent by 2005.