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  • Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

    In advance of today's spending review, David Walker writing in The Guardian is critical of the Treasury for its focus on the short- term. He says that even Conservatives who support cuts to government spending have been critical of the 'ramshackle way the review has been carried out'.

  • Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

    There were an estimated 43,900 preventable deaths – so called 'excess deaths' – in England and Wales last winter, the BBC reports today.

    The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, are up 12,000 compared with the 2012/13 winter and are the highest number of deaths since 1999.

    Most of the deaths involved people over the age of 75, with respiratory illnesses identified as the underlying cause of death for more than a third of cases.

  • Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

    On 19th November 2015, the Centre hosted an academic roundtable discussion - 'Is criminal justice reform obsolete?'. We heard from Dr Bree Carlton (Monash University, Australia) and Dr Erica Meiners (Northeastern Illinois University, USA). They explored the relationships between reform, decarceration and the longer term goals of achieving structural change and ending the use of imprisonment and criminal justice.

  • Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

    The Children's Commissioner has called for urgent action to improve the prevention and early identification of child sex abuse and the support provided for victims. The report, Protecting children from harm: A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action, reveals that the vast majority of child sexual abuse (66%) takes place within the family or its trusted circle.

  • Monday, 23 November, 2015

    On 13 November, the Centre held an event, 'Criminal justice and young people with clinical disorders', focussing on the disproportionate rate of childhood neurodevelopmental impairments and clinical disorders among young people in the youth justice system. Dr Nathan Hughes of the University of Birmingham drew on research and clinical understandings of neurodevelopmental impairment to explore the array of factors and experiences affecting young people with neurodevelopmental impairments.

  • Monday, 23 November, 2015

    There is an accountability gap at the heart of major British institutions, according to a new report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies today. The report, Challenging state and corporate impunity: Is accountability possible?, includes contributions from a number of key activists engaged in holding institutions to account, such as Suresh Grover and Tony Bunyan.

  • Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

    Writing today in The Guardian, Polly Toynbee considers the pressures faced by police following cuts to social and health budgets. She highlights shrinking police numbers and bemoans the loss of neighbourhood police and poses the following question:

  • Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

    Today’s Guardian quotes Jonathan Portes of the National Institute of Social and Economic Research in its coverage of our report on the Troubled Families Programme:

    He told the paper:

  • Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

    A key government programme supposedly targeting the most troubled families in England is probably wasting millions of pounds a year and is working with the wrong families in the wrong way, according to a new report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report, The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?, describes as ‘unbelievable’ government claims that the Troubled Families Programme has a 99 per cent success rate.

  • Monday, 09 November, 2015

    The Chancellor, George Osborne, has set out his priorities for the Spending Review and identified the country's prisons 'as an example of one public service badly in need of reform'.

    Mr Osborne called for a need to focus on rehabilitation and training  to be pursued by Justice Secretary, Michael Gove. He also announced a prison building programme: