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  • Thursday, 16 February, 2017

    In advance of a community gathering outside the former Holloway prison this Saturday, 18 February, to call for the Visitors' Centre to be opened for community use, the Centre's Deputy Director Will McMahon has been quoted in today's London Evening Standard calling for a 'people's plan' to develop the former Holloway site.

  • Wednesday, 08 February, 2017

    In an article for the OpenDemocracy website, our Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, has criticised the government's plans to expand the prison system by 10,000 places and build new prisons, arguing that it will do little to solve the ongoing crisis in the system.

    Rebecca describes how the prison reform programme is part of the wider public sector reform of asset stripping, privatisation and deregulation in which the burden of austerity is imposed on individual prison governors under the guise of greater autonomy. 

  • Tuesday, 07 February, 2017

    A report profiling provision of services to Armed Forces Veterans under the supervision of Probation Services in England and Wales was launched today by the Probation Institute, the Forces in Mind Trust, and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

  • Monday, 06 February, 2017

    Building magazine examines progress on the government's new-build prisons programme concluding that the sale of 'old Victorian' prisons is unlikely to be a 'cash cow' for the Treasury.

    The article questions the profitability and viability of closing and selling old prisons to fund new prisons. Complications include the cooling of the property market, the pressure from local authorities to maximise affordable homes on prison sites, and the high costs of redeveloping listed buildings.

  • Monday, 06 February, 2017

    Our Director, Richard Garside, today welcomed comments by the former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Lord Ramsbotham, on the crisis in the prisons system.

    In remarks reported by the i, Lord Rambotham said that the 'avoidable crisis' in prisons had 'been made a great deal worse by the deliberate actions of ministers and their officials'.

  • Friday, 27 January, 2017

    The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is one of a number signatories to a letter in The Guardian today calling for 'an immediate moratorium on prison construction and a national debate about how to build a safer society and secure communities instead of continuing with a failed policy of criminal justice expansion'.

  • Friday, 27 January, 2017

    We are supporting local organisations in their call for the Ministry of Justice to open the visitors' centre at the former Holloway prison site in Islington.

    Holloway prison closed in 2016. It is likely to be several years before any redevelopment of the site is completed. Just outside the prison walls is a building that was used as a visitors’ centre for those visiting prisoners. The building is modern, accessible and child-friendly. It was also built using charitable funds.

  • Thursday, 26 January, 2017

    Our Director, Richard Garside, has called on the government to develop a long-term plan to downsize prisons across England and Wales. The government should aim to at least halve the number of people locked up over the next twenty years, he said.

  • Friday, 13 January, 2017

    Being imprisoned is more painful and traumatic for women than it is for men, according to new research published in our journal, The British Journal of Criminology.

    The research, by Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley and Serena Wright of the University of Cambridge, draws on interviews and surveys with prisoners serving sentences of 15 years or more.

  • Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

    Online abuse directed at women who debate feminist politics should be treated as a form of violence, claims new research published in The British Journal of Criminology.

    The research – by Ruth Lewis, Michael Rowe and Clare Wiper of Northumbria University – found that most of the women they surveyed had 'experienced multiple types of abuse and almost half experienced it as a routine part of their online lives.'

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