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  • 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:

  • Thursday, 29 September, 2016

    Our Director, Richard Garside, expressed alarm at the findings of a new report from the Probation Inspectorate on community-based services for criminalised women.

    The report identifies a dramatic decline in the quality and provision of services. Richard said,

  • Thursday, 29 September, 2016

    Reacting to new research suggesting that police body-worn cameras reduce complaints against the police, our Director Richard Garside said,

    'I welcome this research, which adds to the growing evidence in support of the use of police body-worn cameras.

  • Wednesday, 28 September, 2016

    We have published the agenda for our forthcoming conference, 'Criminal Justice since 2015: What happened? What next?', which will be held on Wednesday 19 October.

    The Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Claire Sugden MLA, and the former Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, head a strong line-up of speakers.

    Check out the agenda and book your place (if you haven't already done so) here.

  • Friday, 23 September, 2016

    Our Director Richard Garside today welcomed a new report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on the transforming rehabilitation programme.

    Richard said:

  • Thursday, 22 September, 2016

    The Centre is delighted to report that Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams have won a 2016 Knowledge Exchange Award at Manchester Metropolitan University for Dangerous Associations: Joint Enterprise, gangs and racism, commissioned and published by the Centre in January 2016.

  • Monday, 19 September, 2016

    The announcement by the influential  House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of an inquiry into the Troubled Families Programme has been welcomed by the Centre.

    The announcement follows media reports that an independent evaluation concluded that the programme has had 'no discernible' effect on unemployment, truancy or law-breaking.

  • Friday, 16 September, 2016

    More than one third of victims of crime with mental health problems experienced negative reactions from police officers when they disclosed their condition, according to new research (£) published in the latest issue of Centre's academic journal, The British Journal of Criminology (BJC).

    Many also reported not being believed. One female, a victim of partner violence, anti-social behaviour, threats and harassment, told researchers: