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After Prison. A new initiative

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is embarking on a new, long-term programme.

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.

Over the coming months and years, we plan to work with a wide range of partners – local,...

15 November 2019
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Letter to party leaders urging reasoned public debate

Our Director, Richard Garside, is a signatory in a letter to party leaders across England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland calling for constructive discussion, debate and policies around criminal justice issues in the lead up to the general election. 

The signatories request that...

11 November 2019
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High court challenge to PSPO use

After it was revealed that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council had targeted homeless people with a public space protection order (PSPO), there will now be a landmark high court case against the council. 

Public space protection orders are a tool to restrict certain actions...

5 November 2019
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Cannabis testing in prison "contributed to the rise of spice"

Testing prisoners for cannabis has 'massively contributed' to the rise in the use of spice in prisons, drugs expert Professor David Nutt says in an interview today.

'There were 16 deaths last year from spice in prisons', he told The Observer paper. 'There has never been a death from cannabis.' The failure to treat Britain’s heroin problem...

20 October 2019
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New research: link between online hate speech with real-world hate crime

The latest post on the Oxford University Press blog examines the link between online hate speech and hate crime as it happens in the real world. 

Researcher and blog post author, Professor Matthew Williams, has been conducting research in this area. His findings suggest that anti-Black and anti-Muslim hate speech online is linked to heightened racial and religious violence and harassment.

The post is a summary of an article by...

14 October 2019
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Professor Alex Stevens to speak at David Nutt lecture

We're pleased to announce that Professor Alex Stevens from the University of Kent will be speaking at our event with Professor David Nutt, which we are co-organising with Drug Science.

He will join us on 30 October to say a few words in light of his recent resignation from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). He resigned from the ACMD over...

8 October 2019
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State is failing young people leaving custody

Youth resettlement – final report into work in the communitythe latest report from HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons, has prompted calls for more support for young people released from custody. Our Director, Richard Garside is amongst those calling for the state to address it failures. 

The report found that children leaving custody are not being given adequate support as they re-integrate back into life in the community. Both ITV News...

8 October 2019
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Centre's Director in today's Times

Our Director, Richard Garside has been quoted in a Times article, 'More prison time for rapists and killers', on plans to toughen sentences for serious offenders. The plans, to be proposed at the Tory conference, will see an increase of 3,000 in prisons in England and Wales over the next decade.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland will propose to end the current automatic early release half-way through a sentence, so those convicted of serious violence and sexual offences will, in future serve, two-thirds of their sentence.

Richard was asked to comment, saying: 

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1 October 2019
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Is it a crime to be poor?

We are working with partners to plan an event next year on the theme: Is it a crime to be poor?

The aim would be to share knowledge and research, and to discuss how we, as academics, practitioners and penal reformers can act to end this endemic abuse of the criminal justice system.

There are many examples of ways in which the criminal justice system criminalises poverty.These...

1 October 2019
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Centre's Director in the Mirror

Our Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in the Mirror on Saturday in an article about the costs of prisons, and in particular, Young Offender Institutions. 

Richard offered an alternative to the costly option of imprisoning young people, advising that: 

We should be investing in programmes to help young people stay out of trouble and reach their potential.

The article can be read...

30 September 2019