'Government spends £187 billion on goods and services with third parties each year, around half of which is estimated to be on contracted out services'. So claims a report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), published last week, on the contracting out of public services to the private sector.
Tracey McMahon calls for the abolition of community payback and short prison sentences for summary offences.
Mark Blake, Project Development Officer at the Black Training and Enterprise Group, argues that black and minority ethnic young people need to join the police to change its culture from within.
Laurel Townhead argues in favour of prioritising women’s goals – rather than the goals of criminal justice.
Former probation officer Mike Guilfoyle writes about the importance of offering emotional support to probation service clients.
Rejecting criminal justice as the starting point for a conversation about reducing harms for women is destabilising. How can we take this challenging agenda forward?
Most people will be familiar with ‘Lady Justice’ – a statue or picture of a woman often blindfolded, holding a set of scales. Lady Justice is intended to represent objectivity and impartiality in the legal system.
Men are encouraged to give up shaving for the month of ‘Movember’ - to cultivate their facial fluff in a bid to raise awareness and money for the cause of testicular cancer. ‘Dry January’ is all about abstaining from booze for 31 days in what Alcohol Concern say is a bid to ‘start a new conversation about alcohol’.
Helen Mills argues we can't rely on criminal justice to address violence against women.
Laurel Townhead and Rebecca Roberts highlight the systemic failings of criminal justice in responding to criminalised women.