UK and US figures show the correlation between prison numbers and crime rates is far from clear, writes Richard Garside in The Guardian.
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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010
Using the colour of a person's skin to seek explanations for criminal behaviour is racist claptrap, writes Richard Garside in The Guardian.
Wednesday, 17 March, 2010
Responding to calls by the National Association of Headteachers for mephedrone to be banned, Professor David Nutt, chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) said:
'I support the Home Secretary's position that a rush into classifying mephedrone is premature. Such decisions need to be based on sound science. Some previously reported mephedrone deaths have also turned out to be false alarms.
Wednesday, 24 June, 2009
The winners of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies photographic competition, sponsored by the Wates Foundation, were published in The Independent newspaper. The competition asked for visual answers to the question What is crime? The photographs were also be exhibited at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, near Brixton, south London.
The Independent reported:
Tuesday, 21 April, 2009
In an interview on the BBC Today programme at 8.30 am this morning Richard Garside argued that male dominance of women in society needed to be systematically challenged if sexual assaults are to be effectively tackled. He also said that victims of sexual assualt need to be much better supported, regardless of whether a conviction of the alleged perpetrator was likely.
Monday, 16 March, 2009
A report in today's Times newspaper cited research conducted for the Children's Commissioner for England, which suggested that police stop and search tactics cut gun and knife crime.
As the author of the research cited in The Times, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies would like to make clear that the research does not support such claims. The Centre did not brief anyone within the office of the Children's Commissioner for England, or at The Times, that stop and search was an effective tool.
Thursday, 05 February, 2009
Richard Garside wrote a piece for The Guardian 'comment is free' site, arguing that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to at least 16, and probably 18.
Tuesday, 04 November, 2008
Richard Garside reviewed the Mayor of London's new plan on youth violence on The Guardian's Comment is free website. He argued that there was little original thinking and suggests that 'the mayor's office spent almost as much time coming up with the buzzwords as they did with the content'.
Sunday, 07 September, 2008
Can Nacro still reform from the inside?, Richard Garside asks in The Guardian.
Friday, 18 July, 2008
Richard Garside argues in The Guardian that the narrow focus on the 'crime problem' is preventing policy makers from considering the totality of ways in which the lived experience of far too many British people is materially hard, stressful and dangerous.