Analysis and comment on current developments by the Centre's staff, supporters and associates


This article by Sean Roberts was first published in Criminal Justice Matters, No.64 Summer 2006.


Rebecca Roberts argues that the criminal justice system is incapable of solving the broader social problems that create crimes and victims. This article was published in the July 2006 issue of 'Safer Society', published by Nacro.


This is an edited version of an article by Will McMahon that was published in Safer Society, No. 28, Spring 2006. In it Will argues that the 'antisocial behaviour' agenda will fail to heal the social wounds caused by three decades of growing poverty and inequality.


This is an article by Richard Garside first published in the book, Social Justice: Criminal Justice (2006), by The Smith Institute.


Richard Garside is surprised to read about John Stevens' psychic powers in the former Met Commissioner's autobiography.


Richard Garside reviewed David G. Green, Emma Grove and Nadia A. Martin, Crime and Civil Society: Can we become a more law-abiding people? (London: Civitas, February 2005) and Michael Jacobson, Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York and London: New York University Press, January 2005) for Prison Service Journal, October 2005, Issue 161.


This article was published as the Editorial of Criminal Justice Matters, No.60 Summer 2005


There has been longstanding support for attempts made to divert individuals, particularly young people, from the courts and criminal justice system. These attempts have often been based on the understanding that the criminal justice system criminalises and often harms those drawn into it and for some people Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) are a recent example of this.


From relatively obscure and humble beginnings 'anti-social behaviour' has become a key theme in the current law and order debate. Politicians of all parties regularly refer to the problem of 'crime and anti-social behaviour'. Policies are proposed, new powers introduced and legislation passed to deal with the problem of anti-social behaviour.


Sean Roberts reviews Labour's plans for community safety, in an article first published in Criminal Justice Matters, No.57 Autumn 2004.