This conference will review criminal justice developments across the UK since the 2015 UK General Election, consider the implications of the 2016 regional assembly elections, and look ahead to emerging criminal justice challenges across the four UK regions.

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About the conference

What's been happening in criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the May 2015 General Election? Are there common patterns of criminal justice development across the UK's four nations and regions? Or has criminal justice policy been characterised more by difference and divergence, than similiarity and convergence?

This conference will consider these, and other questions, with the aid of an expert panel of speakers and participants. 

Policy areas covered will include:

  • Policing
  • Prosecution policy
  • Courts and legal aid
  • Sentencing
  • Prison and probation

As well as examining recent developments, the conference will also consider the future challenges facing the UK, Welsh and Scottish governments, and the Northern Ireland executive.

The conference forms part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' UK Justice Policy Review programme of activities.

Who should attend?

This conference will be of interest to all those who are keen to understand recent UK criminal justice developments and to gain insights into what the future holds. In particular, it will be of interest to:

  • Policy makers, opinion formers, advocates and campaigners.
  • Those working for criminal justice agencies, private and third sector organisations.
  • Researchers, academics and students.

Speakers and programme

This conference features an impressive line-up of speakers, including former and serving ministers, senior policymakers and public servants.

The full line-up of speakers is:

  • Claire Sugden MLA, Northern Ireland Justice Minister
  • Kenny MacAskill, Scottish Justice Secretary, 2007 and 2014
  • Dusty Kennedy, Director, Youth Justice Board Cymru
  • David Strang QPM, Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland
  • Professor Rod Morgan, former Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales and former Chair of the Youth Justice Board
  • Neil Carey, National Audit Office
  • Richard Garside, Director, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (conference chair)

​Download the full conference programme by clicking on the image.

About UK Justice Policy Review

For several years, the UK Justice Policy Review team at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has been assessing year-on-year developments in criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Now in its sixth year, each annual UK Justice Policy Review report combines analysis of the main developments in policing, courts, prisons, probation and other areas of criminal justice, with detailed data sections covering the main facts, figures and trends.

UK Justice Policy Review is required reading for anyone looking for an accessible overview of criminal justice developments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Venue, time and date

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October 19th, 2016 9:00 AM to  5:00 PM
St Martin’s Hall
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JJ
United Kingdom
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Phone: 020 7840 6110
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