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

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

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

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: 

1 October 2019

Is it a crime to be poor?

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

These include:

  • Hundreds of people are sentenced each year for begging and sleeping rough. Crisis is now campaigning to repeal the Vagrancy Act (which goes back to 1824)
  • We
  • ...
1 October 2019

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

Joint statement on police and private company use of facial recognition in the UK

Last week, Big Brother Watch issued a Joint statement on police and private company use of facial recognition surveillance in the UK. The document called for the immediate halt of both police and private company use of facial recognition surveillance.

The Centre is one of the signatories, alongisde other rights, race equality and technology organisations, technology academics and experts, barristers and MPs. 

Read the statement and full list of signatories...

23 September 2019
Professor David Nutt

An evening with David Nutt

Our latest event - an evening with David Nutt - is on 30 October. The event is being held ten years to the day that Professor Nutt was fired from his role as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for standing for drugs policies grounded in science and evidence.

4 September 2019

Centre's director on Talk Radio

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...

21 August 2019

Calling all budding design and marketing professionals

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...

11 July 2019

Our response to Labour consultation

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.

11 July 2019