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This conference will assess the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examine the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election.

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About the conference

Change has swept the United Kingdom criminal justice systems over recent years. The election of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in May 2010 drew a line under the generous budgets of the New Labour period. Austerity and cuts became the new reality. Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, different solutions to common criminal justice challenges have emerged.

This conference will examine recent criminal justice developments across the four UK regions, drawing out their common elements and their distinctive features. It will also consider the future challenges facing an incoming UK government in May 2015, as well as the challenges facing the regional governments and executives in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The conference forms part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' UK Justice Policy Review programme of activities. A special UK Justice Policy Review report - The coalition years - will be published electronically on the day of the conference. The report will examine and explain criminal justice developments across the UK since 2010.

Click on the image to download the Executive Summary of The coalition years. The full report will be available to download on 23 March, 2015.

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 justice ministers, senior parliamentarians, policy experts and commentators.

The full line-up of speakers is:

  • Mark Easton, BBC News Home Editor (conference chair)
  • David Ford MLA, Northern Ireland Justice Minister
  • Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP, member of the House of Commons Justice Committee
  • Kenny MacAskill MSP, former Scottish Justice Secretary
  • Andrew Coyle CMG, Emeritus Professor of Prison Studies, King’s College London
  • Richard Garside, Director, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • Tom Gash, Director of Research, Institute for Government
  • Charlotte Pickles, Senior Research Director, Reform
  • Mary Riddell, Columnist, The Daily Telegraph

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

About UK Justice Policy Review

Since the election of the UK coalition government in 2010, the UK Justice Policy Review team at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has been tracking year-on-year developments in criminal justice and social welfare.

Now in its fifth year, each annual UK Justice Policy Review report combines analysis of the main developments in policing, courts, prisons, probation and welfare 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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March 23rd, 2015 9:00 AM to  4:00 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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