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  • Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

    Our Director, Richard Garside, was interviewed on Talk Radio yesterday on far-right violence and the underlying causes of violence in society. 

    On underlying causes of violence, Richard said: 

    We know that societies that are more unequal in relation to power and money, are generally speaking more violent.

    Watch the whole clip here.

  • Tuesday, 13 August, 2019

    This summer was expected to be a pivotal moment in sentence reform, with the expectation that former Justice Minister, David Gauke, would publish a White Paper to introduce proposals to restrict the use of short sentences. But with a new Prime Minister, a new Justice Secretary, and a ‘tough’ approach to law and order being ushered in, the future of reforming short-term prison sentences is at best uncertain.

  • Friday, 12 July, 2019

    Criminal justice system in England and Wales is on the cusp of a punitive turn, with consequences for an already crisis-ridden prisons system, according to latest report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. 

  • Thursday, 11 July, 2019

    This autumn, we're going to be kicking off a new project on closing down prisons.

    We are currently in the planning phase of this long-term and bold new project and are seeking interest from skilled individuals who can offer their time on a voluntary basis to help us get it off the ground. 

    If you are experienced in the following, and are keen to share your skills and knowledge, we'd love to hear from you:

  • Thursday, 11 July, 2019

    We recently submitted our response to Labour's Justice and Home Affairs consultation - Building an effective criminal justice system

    The consultation requested expertise in the three following areas:

    • Early intervention
    • Courts
    • Offender management

    Read the full response below.

  • Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

    In advance of today's Westminster Hall debate on the abolition of child imprisonment, the steering group of the End Child Imprisonment campaign have produced a joint briefing

    The document is unequivocal that the child's best interests must always be a primary consideration and urges cross-party commitment to the immediate closure of young offender institutions and secure training centres.

  • Wednesday, 12 June, 2019

    The latest briefing on the retention and disclosure of criminal records has been published in the House of Commons Library.

    The note outlines the rules for managing the retention and disclosure of convictions which sits with the Police National Computer and the Police National Database. 

  • Thursday, 16 May, 2019

    As well as being our organisation's founder, Dr Grace Pailthorpe was also a surgeon and artist. 

    Her paintings, in collaboration with Reuben Mednikoff, are on display at a new exhibitionA Tale of Mother's Bones at Camden Arts Centre. 

    The exhibition will be on until 23 June. 

  • Tuesday, 07 May, 2019

    Holding Peabody to account

    Last week, housing campaigner Glyn Robbins and Peabody Chief Executive Brendan Sarsfield responded in the Islington Tribune to growing concerns that Peabody won't be held to account on their Holloway prison site promises. 

  • Friday, 26 April, 2019

    Our Director, Richard Garside, will be participating in Howard League Scotland's 40th Anniversary Conference: Futures of Justice - The Next 40 Years on 22 May in Edinburgh. 

    Richard will share a panel on Working Together for Justice alongside:

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