Comment
3 December 2019

I was sharply reminded of my past supervisory engagement with Nala (not her real name), and some of the many casework challenges that made working the community order so very memorable. Nala's supervision had been transferred to me following an earlier fraught professional relationship with her erstwhile probation officer which meant that the order had become near unworkable.

Podcasts
2 December 2019
Comment
27 November 2019

Opponents of the controversial process of shale gas extraction have long argued that it is inherently risky.

Comment
26 November 2019

The Prison Reform Trust reports that six in ten female prisoners have no homes to go to upon release.  Fifteen per cent of newly sentenced prisoners report being homeless before entering custody and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reported in 2010 that reconviction rates for that cohort are significantly higher than for others.

Podcasts
25 November 2019

We discuss what justice could possibly look like in the aftermath of Grenfell, the state of regulation of white goods, and inequality.

Comment
14 November 2019

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.

Comment
8 November 2019
Comment
1 November 2019

When I first met 'Achraf' (not his real name) at the probation office he was accompanied by a friend whose loquacity proved so tiresome that I had to request that he wait outside. This request was respected and Achraf added out of hearing 'He is trying to be helpful ...but sometimes...!'.

Comment
28 October 2019

If they can't, and the school refuses to accept that they are legitimately unable to attend, then parents can be fined or prosecuted. Where's the justice in that?

Comment
18 October 2019

Many people are entirely unaware and rightly shocked to find out that you can end up in prison for owing council tax or for not paying TV licence fines. Debtors’ prisons are alive and well in 2019.

Comment
16 October 2019

However, the period of detention is subject to statutory time-limits – initially 24 hours from the time of arrival at the police station – although (provided certain conditions are satisfied) this may be extended to 36 hours by a senior officer, and up to a total of four days by a magistrates’ court.

Comment
11 October 2019

How far have we come in those ten years in achieving an evidence-informed drug policy, and in protecting the independence of scientific advice?