Comment
26 November 2021

The words of Donna Mooney, whose brother Tommy took his own life in 2015, having served six years of what was meant to be a four-year "Imprisonment for Public Protection" (IPP) sentence.

It is doubtful that the IPP sentence offers anything further, in terms of public protection, than prison sentences with a clear end-date. But it excels in causing pain and distress to those imprisoned under its unforgiving terms, their families and friends.

Comment
12 November 2021

This was one of the questions we explored in the latest edition of Last month in criminal justice, our new monthly review of criminal justice developments. We discussed, in particular, Penelope Jackson's recent conviction for murder of her husband, David.

"The fundamental difficulty Penelope Jackson's team had was the lack of evidence of coercive control, and the lack of evidence that she had lost control", Dr Hannah Quirk from King's College London argued.

Comment
11 November 2021

Until 2016, there were three ways in which a prosecution might claim that multiple people were criminally liable for a single offence:

Comment
10 November 2021

This was particularly so with Yusuf (not his real name) as at the point of transfer he had been admitted as an in-patient to a mental health unit at a nearby hospital.

Comment
29 October 2021

Inside, hundreds of people, mostly women, many new to the subject, met to discuss women's imprisonment, in an event co-organised, earlier this week, by Woman's Place UK and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, and chaired by the barrister Allison Bailey.

Comment
28 October 2021

The guiding principles of the coalition’s work derive from the international Convention on the Rights of the Child which puts the child’s interests at the fore. 

Comment
22 October 2021

They are intentionally imposing and robust buildings, fortresses made of thick brick and steel, designed never to be breached. They are also an expression of the criminal law, which is generally perceived to be the eternal and absolute moral code governing social life. 

Comment
15 October 2021

One of our trustees, Professor Jo Phoenix of The Open University, speaking yesterday on talkRADIO.

Jo was talking about the unacceptable threats of violence and death faced by Kathleen Stock, a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex. Professor Stock has been advised by the police to teach classes online, install CCTV outside her home, and to stay away from the university campus.

Comment
6 October 2021

This particular article by Jane Dominey is about the networks of relationships (between people and between organisations) that underpin probation supervision. Drawing on evidence from a study researching these interactions, it develops two models of supervision (‘thin’ and ‘thick’) by taking themes that shape supervision and charting the interplay between them.

Comment
28 September 2021

Let’s take a piece of legislation that defines homelessness as a crime. It is still on the statute book almost 200 years after it was created. Yet the Vagrancy Act, which dates back to 1824, makes it a crime merely to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales.

Comment
27 September 2021

The presentation drew on work that I and my colleague, Roger Grimshaw, have been undertaking, to provide an up-to-date overview of the UK justice systems. The report of this work is due for publication a bit later this year.

One, mundane but important, conclusion I shared yesterday was that there is no single way of doing justice in the UK.

Comment
23 September 2021

Our hope is to provide ongoing commentary on criminal justice events, research and news from a range of experts across both CCJS and the wider criminal justice community. 

We're excited to announce that on 6 October, we'll be joined by Katrina Ffrench from Unjust and Gemma Buckland from Do it Justice Ltd, both leading figures in the world of criminal justice. 

Katrina and Gemma will join our Director, Richard Garside to discuss current issues, including: