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  • Monday, 26 March, 2018

    Following revelations that undercover police officers infiltrated hundreds of political and justice campaigns in the UK, the government launched an Undercover Policing Inquiry in 2015. Three years later, to cries of ‘no justice, no peace’, dozens of spying victims marched out of the latest Inquiry hearing, denouncing the process and calling for the resignation of presiding judge John Mitting.

  • Friday, 23 March, 2018

    After Alex S Vitale's appearance at Conway Hall last week to launch his new book, The End of Policing, our Research Fellow Connor Woodman and Novara's Sam Swann discuss with Alex the role of police in society and ask what the alternatives might be.

    Listen to the podcast here.

  • Wednesday, 21 March, 2018

    The Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology award the Radzinowicz Prize each year to the person who ‘most contributes to knowledge of criminal justice issues and the development of criminology’.

    Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian has been awarded the 2017 prize for her paper The Occupation of the Senses: The Prosthetic and Aesthetic of State Terror. 

  • Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the unlawful killing of Christopher Alder in a police station in Hull. 

    His sister, Janet Alder, has spent the subsequent years campaigning to bring the circumstances of his death to light. She has, as a consequence, been the victim of police surveillance by Humberside police. It was only officially confirmed to Janet that she had been under surveillance after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) (now the Independent Office for Police Conduct) investigated the matter in 2013.

  • Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

    Joint Enterprise was back in the news last week with an article by Harry Stopes, which cites our work on racism, joint enterprise and gangs.

  • Thursday, 08 March, 2018

    After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system has been published by Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report comprises of a consultation with 50 women affected by the criminal justice system, many of whom were imprisoned in HMP Holloway, and asks whether and how the closure has had an impact and ideas for what they would like to now see developed on the site.

  • Tuesday, 06 March, 2018

    Over 180 residents and community campaigners attended a packed Community Plan for Holloway meeting on Friday 2 March. In what was a vibrant event, the audience heard from an anti-prison activist, housing campaigners and local residents who together called for the land on the former prison site to be used in the community interest.

  • Thursday, 22 February, 2018

    Yesterday we held a private roundtable on the implications of Brexit for the rights of suspects and defendants.

    An engaged and knowledgeable audience heard from three speakers. Professor Ed Cape from the University of the West of England gave an overview of the procedural rights for suspects and defendants and the mutual cooperation in the European Union.

    Jago Russell, Chief Executive of Fair Trials, spoke about the European Arrest Warrant. Jodie Blackstock, Legal Director of Justice, spoke about procedural safeguards for suspects and defendants.

  • Thursday, 15 February, 2018

    On Friday 2nd March Community Plan for Holloway, a project of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, is holding a public meeting in Islington to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site. It will be an opportunity for local people to share their thoughts on the community vision that we have produced for the site. The community vision is based on over 900 responses we received from local people and organisations to the Community Plan for Holloway survey in 2017.

  • Thursday, 08 February, 2018

    Our Director Richard spoke about the prisons crisis at a meeting of the Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique earlier this week.

    Richard said that that 'the prisons crisis is not, fundamentally, a crisis in prisons: one that can be resolved if the right reforms, the right action, is taken. It is a crisis of prisons: of our unbending attempts to treat a complex set of social problems - violence, drug, alcohol and mental health problems, poverty and disadvantage, social antagonisms - as if they are a simple set of crime problems, be resolved through punishment'.

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