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  • Monday, 25 July, 2016

    Corrupt companies should face a corporate ‘death penalty’, corporate probation or public shaming, a new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies proposes today. The report – Redefining Criminality – by Dr David Ellis and Professor David Whyte of the University of Liverpool, reveals that the public consider the crimes of the powerful to be as serious as, or worse than, everyday crimes such as handling stolen goods or joy riding.

  • Thursday, 14 July, 2016

    Commenting on the appointment of Liz Truss as Justice Secretary our Director, Richard Garside, said:

    'Liz Truss' predecessor, Michael Gove, seems destined to go down as the great prison reformer whose career was ended before he had time to disappoint prison reformers.

    'Regardless of the balance sheet on his time in office, the appointment of Liz Truss affords a welcome opportunity for a rethink of his plans for "Reform Prisons".

  • Monday, 11 July, 2016
    The July issue of the British Journal of Criminology (Volume 56 issue 4) is now available via The Oxford University Press Website (subscription only).
    It includes articles on the working culture of covert policing, over-reporting of intimate partner violence in Australian survey research, and differential punishment of similar behaviour.
  • Friday, 08 July, 2016

    The publication of the Chilcott report has prompted fresh discussion on whether the war was legally justified and whether Tony Blair and other key figures could face prosecution for war crimes.

    Writing in the British Journal of Criminology (BJC) in 2007, Professor David Whyte of the University of Liverpool focused on the aftermath of the war.

  • Friday, 01 July, 2016

    Our Director Richard Garside has welcomed the news that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will invest the money made from selling three second-hand water cannons in youth services.

    The three cannons, bought by Mr Khan's predecessor Boris Johnson, have been sitting unused in storage since they were bought.

    Speaking today, Richard said:

  • Thursday, 30 June, 2016


    Time for a new approach to drugs

  • Thursday, 16 June, 2016

    The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has welcomed calls by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for ‘the personal possession and the use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised’, and for a new strategy to be developed to deal with drug harms modelled on the Portuguese harm reduction approach.

    Helen Mills, Research Associate at the Centre, who chaired our recent event on Portugal’s health-based approach to drug-taking, said:

  • Wednesday, 15 June, 2016

    Our director, Richard Garside, is quoted in The Times today (subscription required), commenting on new data on the abuse of elderly people, which has been uncovered by Action on Elder Abuse.

  • Thursday, 09 June, 2016

    Commenting on reports that five people have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office at the G4S-run Medway Secure Training Centre, our Deputy Director Will McMahon said:

    At an appropriate moment, the Justice Select Committee should hold the G4S board to account for how it was that children were bullied and abused in their care and why the management of Medway was so shambolic.

  • Tuesday, 07 June, 2016

    Helen Mills, Research Associate at the Centre, writes in Scottish Herald about UK drug policy. The article was informed by the Centre's recent event on a health-led response to drugs. She writes: