Latest on retention and disclosure of criminal records

The latest briefing on the retention and disclosure of criminal records has been published in the House of Commons Library.

The note outlines the rules for managing the retention and disclosure of convictions which sits with the Police National Computer and the Police National Database. 

In January this year, the supreme court ruled that the criminal justice records disclosure ruegime for multiple convictions...

12 June 2019

Trends in criminal justice spending, staffing and populations 2008-2009 to 2017-2018

The Centre's latest report, Trends in criminal justice spending, staffing and populations 2008-2009 to 2017-2018, published today, examines the real terms spending and staffing trends across the three criminal justice jurisdictions of the UK.

With analysis across police services, law courts and prisons, the briefing concludes that, in aggregate terms, the criminal justice footprint across the UK has reduced significantly in the ten years to 2017-2018 with spending in Northern Ireland experiencing the sharpest cuts. 


29 May 2019

Our founder's art exhibited in Camden Arts Centre

As well as being our organisation's founder, Dr Grace Pailthorpe was also a surgeon and artist. 

Her paintings, in collaboration with Reuben Mednikoff, are on display at a new exhibitionA Tale of Mother's Bones at Camden Arts Centre. 

The exhibition will be on until 23 June. 

16 May 2019

Latest coverage of Plan for Holloway

Last week, housing campaigner Glyn Robbins and Peabody Chief Executive Brendan Sarsfield responded in the Islington Tribune to growing concerns that Peabody won't be held to account on their Holloway prison site promises. 

Robbins is concerned that the site, which could have been kept in public ownership for council homes, is now in the hands of a private company and unaccountable to the Community Plan for Holloway campaign. In light of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan's track record on housing policies, Robbins calls...

7 May 2019

Howard League Scotland 40th anniversary conference

Our Director, Richard Garside, will be participating in Howard League Scotland's 40th Anniversary Conference: Futures of Justice - The Next 40 Years on 22 May in Edinburgh.

Richard will share a panel on Working Together for Justice alongside:

  • Howard League Scotland (Dr Katrina Morrison, Professor Andrew Coyle)
  • Howard League for Penal Reform (Frances Crook)
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust (Fiona Ni Chinneide)
  • Community
  • ...
26 April 2019

Plan for Holloway latest update

On Saturday 30th March around 60 local people gathered at St George’s Church in Tufnell Park for an emergency meeting to discuss the announcement that Peabody housing association had bought the Holloway prison site and would be developing it in partnership with private property developer London Square.

For a full report on the proceedings, go to the Community Plan for Holloway campaign site. 

23 April 2019

We are looking for new Trustees

We are recruiting for new Trustees to help steer the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in the next stage of its development.

We would be particularly interested in recruiting Trustees with knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Human resources
  • Fundraising and/or grant-giving trusts and foundations
  • Marketing and PR
  • Experience of criminal justice as criminalised and/or
  • ...
18 April 2019

Joint call for closure of child prisons

The campaign to End Child Imprisonment has today published Principles and minimum expectations for children deprived of their libertywhich provides a framework for addressing harmful behaviour and supporting vulnerable children outside of prison settings.

 The campaign is a coalition of organisations and individuals who propose alternatives to child imprisonment and minimum expectations and standards for cases where it is absolutely necessary to deprive children of their liberty. Article 39 is leading the campaign and their Director said: ...

18 April 2019

Centre's Director in the Morning Star

Our Director, Richard Garside, commented on public probation services in Wales after Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey had praised their leadership.

This comes in contrast to the criticism faced by community rehabilitation companies which a number of leading criminal justice experts, including Richard, have called to be taken back into public hands. ...

18 April 2019

New project - Violence: prevention, public health and social justice

Violence: prevention, public health and social justice - aims to outline a framework for determining how violence reduction for everyone can be effectively achieved. The project is being done in partnership with Unison.

The Centre's Research Director, Roger Grimshaw, will be leading the project. 

For more information please visit our project page.

16 April 2019

UK Justice Policy Review 8 is out now

The eighth edition of UK Justice Policy Review is out now, covering the period from the 2017 General Election to the summer of 2018.

Produced annually, the Review uniquely offers concise coverage of key policy developments in criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

To improve accessibility and raise public awareness of the changing criminal justice landscape, data are presented in a...

16 April 2019

End child imprisonment video by Open University

Child Imprisonment: Why we should abolish imprisonment for children and young people, the latest from the campaign to end child imprisonment, is a short documentary about the harms of depriving children of their liberty.

 Dr David Scott interviews campaigners who have been personally affected by the issue, and Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39

David closes the video saying:

We need to think again about what we mean by child prison as a

10 April 2019