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

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.

Wednesday, 02 May, 2012

Richard Garside assess calls by Louise Casey for social workers to be more assertive in their dealings with troubled families.

Thursday, 26 April, 2012

Richard Garside discusses Prison Minister Crispin Blunt's latest speech on the rehabilitation revolution and asks whether results really are the only thing that matter.

Thursday, 01 March, 2012

An unreferenced version of Professor Tim Hope's introduction to cjm 87, looking at the August 2011 riots.

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011

Based on her 2011 Eve Saville Lecture Susie Orbach writes about the role psychoanalytical theory can play in understanding the relationships between recession, riots and social change.

Wednesday, 02 November, 2011

This review of David Garland's book on capital punishment - 'Peculiar Institution' - first appeared in issue 52(1) of the British Journal of Criminology.

Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Crumbs of comfort in today’s new guidelines on burglary from the Sentencing Council. The age of those convicted, or their ‘lack of maturity’, is listed as a mitigating factor when it comes to sentencing.

Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

At the anniversary party for the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, at the IET London overlooking the Thames, Richard Garside gave a speech to the gathered audience to celebrate the Centre's past 80 years.

Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Recessions cause harm in a number of ways, argues Richard Garside. It may be too early to tell whether the current recession will result in higher levels of crime in general, or violence in particular.