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After Strangeways: The past, present and future of prisons

The 25-day protest in 1990 at Strangeways prison in Manchester was the longest prison protest in British history.

On 1 April 2020 – 30 years to the day from the start of the protest – we will be holding a major conference in central London to discuss the past, present and future of prisons. The root causes of the protests lay in many years of unjust and abusive prison policies and practices that affected not...
Central London, tbc
1 April 2020
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After Prison. A new initiative

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is embarking on a new, long-term programme.

The new programme, with the working title After Prison, is grounded in a simple proposition: there is always a better way to use a particular piece of land than as a place for a prison.

Over the coming months and years, we plan to work with a wide range of partners – local,...

15 November 2019
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After the prisons are closed

This month, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is embarking on a new, long-term programme, a commitment we freely acknowledge could run for many years.

By 
Richard Garside
14 November 2019

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In the news this week

Our Director, Richard Garside, has been quoted in the New York Times and The Times this week.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on London Bridge last week by Usman Khan, The New York Times quoted Richard on sentencing policy. On the controversy surrounding Mr...

3 December 2019
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First CCJS podcast published today!

Our first ever podcast has been published today and will be part of a series being released over the next few weeks covering a wide range of topics in criminal justice.

In this episode, Professor of Criminology Steve Tombs discusses corporate and state harms, the role of inquiries and what justice could look like for the victims of Grenfell. 

Listen to the episode...

25 November 2019
News

After Prison. A new initiative

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is embarking on a new, long-term programme.

The new programme, with the working title After Prison, is grounded in a simple proposition: there is always a better way to use a particular piece of land than as a place for a prison.

Over the coming months and years, we plan to work with a wide range of partners – local,...

15 November 2019
News

Letter to party leaders urging reasoned public debate

Our Director, Richard Garside, is a signatory in a letter to party leaders across England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland calling for constructive discussion, debate and policies around criminal justice issues in the lead up to the general election. 

The signatories request that...

11 November 2019
News

High court challenge to PSPO use

After it was revealed that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council had targeted homeless people with a public space protection order (PSPO), there will now be a landmark high court case against the council. 

Public space protection orders are a tool to restrict certain actions...

5 November 2019
News

Cannabis testing in prison 'contributed to the rise of spice'

Testing prisoners for cannabis has 'massively contributed' to the rise in the use of spice in prisons, drugs expert Professor David Nutt says in an interview today.

'There were 16 deaths last year from spice in prisons', he told The Observer paper. 'There has never been a death from cannabis.' The failure to treat Britain’s heroin problem...

20 October 2019