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  • Thursday, 22 September, 2016

    The Centre is delighted to report that Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams have won a 2016 Knowledge Exchange Award at Manchester Metropolitan University for Dangerous Associations: Joint Enterprise, gangs and racism, commissioned and published by the Centre in January 2016.

  • Monday, 19 September, 2016

    The announcement by the influential  House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of an inquiry into the Troubled Families Programme has been welcomed by the Centre.

    The announcement follows media reports that an independent evaluation concluded that the programme has had 'no discernible' effect on unemployment, truancy or law-breaking.

  • Friday, 16 September, 2016

    More than one third of victims of crime with mental health problems experienced negative reactions from police officers when they disclosed their condition, according to new research (£) published in the latest issue of Centre's academic journal, The British Journal of Criminology (BJC).

    Many also reported not being believed. One female, a victim of partner violence, anti-social behaviour, threats and harassment, told researchers:

  • Thursday, 15 September, 2016

    The bigger the prison, the less safe and respectful it is, according to new research published in the latest edition of Prison Service Journal.

    The research, based on an assessment of reports from the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, found that smaller prisons were seven times more likely to score ’good’ on safety, almost five times more likely to score ’good’ on respect, and over five times more likely to score ’good’ on purposeful activity.

    The authors conclude:

  • Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

    The Centre's Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, has co-authored an article published this month in the first volume of Justice, Power and Resistance.

    The article, titled 'What lies beyond criminal justice? Developing transformative solutions' is co-authored with JM Moore of Newman University and draws on the Centre's learning from the first three years of our Justice Matters project.

    The introduction to the article reads:

  • Monday, 12 September, 2016

    Our Deputy Director Will McMahon co-signed a letter in The Sunday Telegraph, published yesterday, calling for the government to join the growing global policy shift towards a health-led approach in relation to the harms of controlled substance misuse. The call comes as the government prepares to refresh its drug strategy in the coming year.

  • Thursday, 08 September, 2016

    The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Director, Richard Garside, has welcomed hints that the new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, might be rethinking plans for 'reform prisons'.

    Speaking yesterday at the House of Commons Justice Committee, Liz Truss said that she was not yet ready to commit to new legislation. She also indicated that she wanted to take her time to reassess existing plans.

    Richard said,

    Any incoming Secretary of State will want to review their predecessor's plans before committing to them.

  • Wednesday, 07 September, 2016

    In late August news sources reported that commercial property consultants Bilfinger GVA have been instructed to advise on the sale of the Holloway prison land and up to 5,000 flats were to be built on the site with an end value in excess of £2 billion.  Yesterday the Ministry of Justice confirmed the appointment of Bilfinger GVA, but there are good reasons to be wary about the reports of space for thousands of homes.

  • Monday, 05 September, 2016

    We are today announcing the full line-up of speakers for our not-to-missed conference: 'Criminal Justice since 2015: What happened? What next?'.

    During the course of the day, an excellent line-up of speakers will shed light on criminal justice developments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and offer insights into what the future holds:

  • Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

    Commenting on new research highlighting the long-term consequences of traumatic brain injury, the Centre's director Richard Garside said:

    'This research adds to the growing body of evidence that blows to the head among young people can have long-term consequences. This includes unnecessary criminalisation.

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