Earlier this year, Helen produced 'Stopping short?' Sentencing reform and short prison sentences, a report assessing different options for sentencing reform.
And yet, this good news narrative is not the whole story. Far from simply saving the foot soldiers of Britain’s illicit drugs economy, my on-going ethnographic research shows that the current policy agenda around county lines also implicates young people in new forms of state control, while further distancing the state from addressing its culpability in the history of actual British slavery.
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.
Opponents of the controversial process of shale gas extraction have long argued that it is inherently risky.
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.
We discuss what justice could possibly look like in the aftermath of Grenfell, the state of regulation of white goods, and inequality.
The first is SXH (Appellant) v The Crown Prosecution Service (Respondent)  UKSC 30.
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...!'.
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?
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.