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  • Tuesday, 31 May, 2016


    Reform prisons are a tragic distraction
    Commenting on the government’s prison reform agenda, our Director Richard Garside said plans for reform prisons were a ‘tragic distraction from the big challenges of prison reform’. He was interviewed by John Humphries on BBC Radio 4 if you want to listen.

  • Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

    You can now listen to our Deputy Director Will McMahon and Professor David Whyte of the University of Liverpool talking about our recent report - Redefining Corruption - in a podcast on the Tax Justice Network website.

  • Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

    The Reclaim Justice Network has set up a website for their campaign demanding that council housing be built on the site of soon-to-be sold Holloway Prison. The prison is due to be closed this summer and the land will likely be sold to property developers to build luxury flats that very few people can afford. The campaign says the prison's closure is also an opportunity to protect and invest in community facilities and women's support services, such as for domestic violence and mental health.

  • Thursday, 19 May, 2016

    Over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016, the Centre's co-sponsored conference 'Subversion, sabotage, and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK' took place.

    Video footage from the entire conference can now be viewed online here.

    The conference focused on two main issues:

  • Thursday, 19 May, 2016

    Last Monday, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies hosted an event exploring Portugal's experience of decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use and adopting a health-led approach to managing drug harms.

    With contributions from an expert panel, including the head of Portugal's drug strategy, and a highly informed audience, we explored the question of what the UK could learn from the Portuguese experience.

    Our esteemed panel were:

  • Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

    Our Director, Richard Garside, today said that the government's plans for reform prisons were a 'tragic distraction from the big challenges of prison reform'.

    Writing on the Centre's website, Richard argues:

    'There is more than enough for Michael Gove to do to sort out the system-wide problems in prison. Which is why today's announcement of six 'reform prisons' is such a tragic distraction from the big challenges of prison reform.

  • Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

    Earlier this month Helen Mills and Rebecca Roberts of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies visited Cardiff Met University to facilitate our Justice Matters: Creating change workshop.

    A group of students and practitioners studying the Youth and Community Practice course took part. The workshop aims to encourage participants to think through short- and long-term solutions to a range of social harms and problems that do not rely on criminal justice interventions.

    Louise Cook, Youth and Community Lecturer at Cardiff Met University said;

  • Saturday, 14 May, 2016

    A letter by our deputy director, Will McMahon, was published in The Guardian newspaper last Thursday.

    He was responding to an article by the columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, which argued that corruption was not the preserve of developing countries.

  • Thursday, 12 May, 2016

    Jeremy Corbyn has said that he hopes to attend a march taking place in Holloway, this Saturday, calling on the government to build council housing rather than luxury flats on the site of HMP Holloway.

    Speaking to the press, the Labour leader, in whose constituency the prison is based said:

  • Thursday, 12 May, 2016

    Our Director, Richard Garside, today welcomed calls for a cut in the high number of people locked up in prisons across England and Wales.

    The Conservative Chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee, Bob Neill MP, is one of a growing number of figures calling for a reduction in the prison population.