Our November ebulletin - out now

Monday, 01 December, 2014


Violence against wo​men roundtable
This month our Senior Policy Associate Rebecca Roberts led a discussion at a roundtable we held on preventing violence against women and girls. Dr Maddy Coy from London Metropolitan University, Annie Ruddlesden from End Violence Against Women, and Dr Sarah Lamble from Birkbeck also spoke. It was a great discussion. Click here for more.

Going global
The BBC World Service was one of several media outlets that covered a report we launched calling for voting rights for prisoners, better provision for family visits and an end to solitary confinement. They also got a discussion going on their Facebook page. Read about it here.

Tackling poverty for prisoners and looked after children
We discussed anti-poverty strategies for prisoners and looked after children at an event on 17 November. Thanks particularly to our speakers: Roger Grimshaw, our Research Director; Christopher Stacey from UNLOCK and David Graham from the Care Leavers' Association.

Ending child abuse in five generations
This week our Research Associate Helen Mills wrote an article about a US project aiming to end child sex abuse in five generations. Take a look at other work we've done on child abuse.

Pen pal
We've been working with a number of children's charities and others opposed to the government's plans for a 'secure college' for young people. Prisons Minister Andrew Selous wrote to us this month, in response to our earlier letter to him. Read his letter here.

Have you Heard...
We've recently had a great new addition to our team. Catherine Heard joined us early in November as a Research and Policy Associate after time working as a lawyer for the Law Commission. Catherine has extensive experience leading European projects and will mainly be working on our Alternatives to Custody in Europe project.

Christmas gift ideas
Wondering what to get your nearest and dearest for Christmas? Have no fear, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is here, with loads of ideas.


Dishonest politicians guide to police is 'brilliance'
Professor Tim Hope wrote a guide for unscrupulous politicians on handling the police. Metropolitan Police whistle-blower James Patrick praised it as 'brilliance'.

Battered Britain
The latest issue of cjm magazine is out now. Edited by Dr David Whyte and based on a conference we held earlier this year, it asks: how violent is Britain?

British Journal of Criminology virtual issue on policing
Read the latest British Journal of Criminology virtual issue on policing, available free until next February. It brings together the Editors' pick of the best articles on policing from the last five years.

Prison Service Journal
The most recent issue of the Prison Service Journal is now available free to download. The theme this time is the interface between the prisons and the outside world. 

Who will magistrates turn to now?
Mike Guilfoyle offers another great insight from his time as a probation officer. 


Criminal justice since 2010. What happened? What next?
Join us for this all-day conference on Monday, 23 March. It will assess the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examine the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election. 

Preventing mistreatment in detention: How is the UK doing?
Sign up here for this event on Tuesday, 16 December, which examines the United Kingdom's record on meeting its international obligations to prevent the mistreatment of prisoners.

Criminology, neo-liberalism and war: a symposium
Interested in the relationship between neo-liberalism and war? Join us for this symposium on Tuesday, 20 January. 

Justice matters for young black men
Why not come to this event on Wednesday, 28 January? We will be discussing the reasons for the disproportionate involvement of young black men in the penal system.


What they don't want you to know
Powerbase is a handy website designed as 'a guide to networks of power, lobbying, public relations and the communications activities of governments and other interests'. The search tool enables you to see what all the troughers get up to and whose pockets they're in!

Getting away with it
In the wake of the Forex and other high profile scandals among the elite, David Whyte questions the disparity between how the criminal justice system treats 'us' and 'them'.

IN THE NEWS.......

Lancet calls for action on violence against women and girls
Medical journal The Lancet this month released a series on violence against women and girls and issued a call to action.


5,000 - number of people who under Conservative plans could be forced to wear sobriety bracelets, according to The Guardian.

25,000 - number of pensioners who die because of fuel poverty every winter in England and Wales, as reported in the Daily Express.

£48 billion - annual savings George Osborne still has to make to meet his austerity targets, according to the Financial Times.


'The tragic irony of the situation is that our prison system is infinitely more violent than the majority of people who end up inside it. Unlike Grayling, most prisoners are a hazard only to themselves. ...As Lord Harris observes, prison is massively over-used. The mental health problems and drug addictions that afflict so many inmates would be better dealt with by social services, with prison itself saved for the most serious cases.' Charlie Gilmour, writing in The Independent on Sunday.

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This bulletin was compiled and edited by Matt Ford and Rebecca Roberts. We are always keen to hear from our readers. For comments and feedback email matt.ford@crimeandjustice.org.uk.


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