Comment

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


Friday, 25 January, 2013

Richard Garside looks at recent trends in police recorded crime and argues that talk of 'overall crime' is best left to crime involving overalls.

Thursday, 10 January, 2013

Richard Garside reviews the government's Transforming Rehabilitation proposals and poses five questions 'in the spirit of inquiry'.

Monday, 03 December, 2012

Richard Garside summarises the early developments in the coalition government's ambitious and controversial Universal Credit programme.

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012

Politicians' speeches can be disappointing affairs. Eye-catching initiatives are trailed in advance and major announcements promised. In delivery they can savour of anticlimax, offering little more than a predictable hodge-podge of re-announced policy and easy political posturing.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012

For as long as I can remember there has been a debate about the declaration of criminal convictions to employers. The near 40 year old Rehabilitation of Offenders Act remains the key reference point for policy and practice in this area. Campaign groups have long argued that the Act needs a fundamental overhaul.

Tuesday, 06 November, 2012

A transcript of the 2012 Eve Saville lecture given by Professor Pat Carlen to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies on 6 November 2012.

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

The man with a hammer tends to see every problem as a nail. By the same token, the think tank in search of prison as the answer to crime will surely find it.

So it is that Civitas, a think tank that has long argued in favour of higher imprisonment rates, has published a paper arguing that tougher prison sentences result in lower crime.

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Richard Garside discusses the problems with government research on youth crime.

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012

Last week I wrote that a coherent plan of action to control and reduce the prison population in the UK was desperately needed to arrest the alarming drift towards ever higher prison numbers.

So what might such a plan look like? How can we downsize prison?

Here are my suggestions, in the form of five propositions.

Wednesday, 09 May, 2012

I’ve been tracking the UK prison population since the beginning of the year to get a sense of some of the underlying trends.

My interest here is the UK prison population, not just the prison population of England and Wales, a figure more commonly the focus of London-based policy elites.

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