Comment
18 December 2019

In the case of criminal justice, we should expect a resumption of the kind of criminal justice growth and expansion last seen under the Labour governments between 1997 and 2010, an expansion that, temporarily at least, the coalition and Conservative governments between 2010 and 2019 successfully halted.

Podcasts
16 December 2019
Podcasts
9 December 2019

Earlier this year, Helen produced 'Stopping short?' Sentencing reform and short prison sentences, a report assessing different options for sentencing reform. 

Comment
5 December 2019

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.

Comment
3 December 2019

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.

Podcasts
2 December 2019
Comment
27 November 2019

Opponents of the controversial process of shale gas extraction have long argued that it is inherently risky.

Comment
26 November 2019

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.

Podcasts
25 November 2019

We discuss what justice could possibly look like in the aftermath of Grenfell, the state of regulation of white goods, and inequality.

Comment
14 November 2019

The new programme, with the working title After Prison, is grounded in a simple proposition: there is always a better way to use a particular piece of land than as a place for a prison.

Comment
8 November 2019
Comment
1 November 2019

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...!'.