Labour entered government in 1997 with the intention to be ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’. Since then, spending on the criminal justice system has substantially increased, and a comprehensive reform programme has been pursued, affecting all criminal justice agencies.
But has it worked? Ten years of criminal justice under Labour: an independent audit makes an independent assessment of the government’s progress. Success, it argues, has been far more elusive than the government and its supporters often claim.