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  • Thursday, 10 November, 2016

    Last week our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, took Sian Berry, London Assembly Member for the Green Party on a tour around the now closed Holloway prison site in north London.

  • Thursday, 03 November, 2016

    Today's prisons White Paper marks the beginning of a new era of prison expansion and is the opposite of what is needed, according to our Director Richard Garside. Richard said:

    Liz Truss is today firing the starting gun on a new era of prison growth and more punishment. This is the opposite of what is needed.

    If the government is sincere in its desire to cut levels of violence, self-harm and suicide in prisons, it should be placing a fall in the number of prisoners and a reduction of prison capacity at the heart of its plans.

  • Friday, 21 October, 2016

    Far too many vulnerable people are being drawn into the justice system, the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Claire Sugden, told our conference on the UK justice systems on Wednesday.

  • Wednesday, 19 October, 2016

    Today, all our staff are at Criminal Justice since 2015: What happened? What next?

    This means that the Centre's office and switchboard will be closed.

    We'll be back as normal on Thursday, 20 October.

  • Tuesday, 18 October, 2016

    The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies announced today that it will be holding an event to discuss the origins, evaluation and prospects for the government’s Troubled Families programme on Friday 20 January 2017 in central London.

  • Friday, 14 October, 2016

    The latest issue of the British Journal of Criminology includes several articles on the growing field of security studies.

    In their introduction, Adam Crawford and Steven Hutchinson observe this paradox: 'security has undoubtedly become one of, if not, the key problematic of our time. Paradoxically... we live in what are possibly the most secure, orderly and civil times in recorded history, particularly in Europe.'

    Free to read content in this edition includes:

  • Thursday, 13 October, 2016

    Caution is needed over plans to extend the use of so-called 'problem-solving courts', if they are not to become problem-creating courts, our Director Richard Garside said today.

  • Thursday, 13 October, 2016

    We are collaborating with our partners at the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) on a conference in central London on 9 November entitled 'Exploring Harm and Evidence'.

    The event will bring together a range of HERC members and guest speakers to consider the harms of contemporary social policy and criminal justice and to open up space for transformative justice alternatives.

    Areas covered include drugs, homelessness, vagrancy, sexual violence, harms against LGBT communities, miscarriages of justice, crimes of the powerful and youth justice.

  • Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

    Almost every contract to provide probation services in England and Wales is lossmaking, according to a report in today's Financial Times (£).

  • Tuesday, 04 October, 2016

    The government's reforms of probation in England and Wales appear to be sabotaging, rather than transforming, the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners, our Director Richard Garside says today.

    Richard was reacting to a new report by the Inspectorates of Probation and Prison on resettlement services for prisoners on short sentences. The report found that services were 'poor' and that 'there was little to commend' about them.

    Richard said: