Our latest report, out today, reveals new evidence on the extent of unnecessary criminal record checks. Based on Freedom of Information Act requests, Criminal record checks: is the volume of disclosures proportionate?, finds that nearly three quarters of the million or so convictions revealed to employers each year in criminal records checks related to offences that were more than a decade old.
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Wednesday, 06 December, 2017
Wednesday, 29 November, 2017
We've had a busy few weeks in the media, making interventions on a range of matters, from youth prisons to criminal records, knife violence, to the state of the probation service.
Sunday, 26 November, 2017
Friday, 24 November, 2017
In October, we called on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to bid for the now closed Holloway prison site, in a joint letter signed by several other organisations and individuals. In the letter, we argued that a successful bid 'could set a benchmark for the disposal of prison sites and public land in London and across the country'.
Thursday, 23 November, 2017
Our latest briefing, on the challenges faced by the probation system and on the importance of robust, independent inspection, is out today.
Enable and Ensure: The role of inspection in probation, by former assistant chief probation inspector Joe Kuipers, argues that the situation facing the probation system is of deep concern.
Tuesday, 21 November, 2017
The controversial security company G4S should be stripped of its contract to run Oakhill secure training centre, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, said today, following a damning Ofsted report on the institution.
Richard also called for the government to close the three secure training centres – Medway, Oakhill and Rainsbrook – as part of a plan to end the imprisonment of children.
Friday, 10 November, 2017
We have today welcomed the intervention by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the planned sale of the former Holloway prison site. News of his intervention came via the Mayor's twitter account this afternoon, after he posted a letter he sent to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington.
Wednesday, 08 November, 2017
Thousands of people have now shown their support for a petition calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to purchase the former Holloway prison site and protect the land for council homes, community facilities and a women's building.
London Assembly Members from across the political spectrum have joined the call for the Mayor to step in. Conservative London Assembly member, Tony Devenish has joined the call for council homes;
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017
As part of our Community Plan for Holloway project we have been working in partnership with local people and organisations in Islington to put forward a positive vision for the former prison site. Today, a petition has been launched, calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to purchase the former Holloway prison site and protect the land for council homes, community facilities and a women's building.
Monday, 30 October, 2017