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  • Thursday, 22 December, 2016

    The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, today said that a major prison downsizing programme was the reform challenge of this generation.

    His comments came in reaction to a call by senior politicians for the prison population to be halved. The call was made by the former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, the former Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, and the former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, in the letter published today in The Times newspaper.

  • Tuesday, 20 December, 2016

    The publication by the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of a report into the Troubled Families Programme is 'a complete dressing down' for the Government, the Centre's Deputy Director has said.

    His comments came in advance of a summit the Centre is holding next month to assess the purpose and impact of the controversial Troubled Families programme.

  • Monday, 19 December, 2016

    The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is publishing a new report today on the role of inspection in preventing torture and mistreatment in custody.

  • Friday, 16 December, 2016

    The January 2017 edition of the British Journal of Criminology is out now.

    In a free-to-download article, Hannah Bowes and Nicole Westmarland of Durham University write about their research on the rape of older people. Among their findings are that older victims of rape usually know the perpetrator, who is generally younger than they are.

    Other articles in the January edition include:

  • Thursday, 15 December, 2016

    The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, has today called on the government to get a grip on the problem of a rapidly deteriorating probation service.

    His call comes in response to the latest report from the Probation Inspectorate, into probation work in North London.

    The Inspectorate found that the service had deteriorated since its previous inspection in 2014, prior to the 'Transforming Rehabilitation' privatisation of probation.

  • Thursday, 08 December, 2016

    The redevelopment of the former Reading prison should benefit the local community, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has said.

    The former prison has been hosting an arts exhibition – Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison – since September, attracting over 50,000 visitors.

    Now Artangel, the exhibition organisers, have called for the Grade II-listed prison to remain as an arts centre on a permanent basis.

  • Monday, 05 December, 2016

    Our Director, Richard Garside, has called for a long-term plan to reduce the prison population, in a letter published in The Times on Saturday.

  • Friday, 02 December, 2016

    On Friday, 25 November, well over a hundred people met at the Williamson Street Community Centre in Holloway to begin discussing how a community vision for the former prison site might be developed.

  • Thursday, 24 November, 2016

    A couple of weeks ago we reported on a visit to the now closed Holloway prison by our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, and London Assembly Member Sian Berry.

  • Monday, 21 November, 2016

    The future of the former Holloway prison site in north London will be discussed by local residents at a public meeting this coming Friday in Islington.

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