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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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New project: Young adults and antisocial behaviour enforcement

Our latest project, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, is now underway.

It will build on the findings from the project on young adults and antisocial behaviour measures we completed last year, which established the extent of the use of three antisocial behaviour (ASB) tools to sanction young adults in England and Wales.

We aim to further explore how...

4 April 2019
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Welcome for Justice Committee prisons report

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has welcomed today’s report from the House of Commons Justice Committee on the government’s prison planning approach.

The report – Prison Population 2022: planning the future – finds that the government’s current approach to planning and funding future prison accommodation is inefficient, ineffective, and unsustainable.

Speaking today, the Centre’s Director, Richard Garside, said:...

3 April 2019
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Plan for Holloway: Emergency meeting on Saturday 30 March!

Housing association Peabody has bought the Holloway site. Peabody will be developing the land in partnership with private property developer London Square and plan to build 1,000 homes there.

We’re holding an emergency meeting on Saturday 30 March between 2PM and 4PM at St George’s Church, Crayford Road, Tufnell Park, N7 0ND for local people to come and discuss how to make sure the community is at the heart of the Peabody development...

27 March 2019
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Government backdown on short sentences?

Our Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in The Times (paywall) on Justice Secretary David Gauke's recently announced prison reform plans.

In the wake of recent deaths from knife violence reported in the media, the Justice Secretary appears to be diluting his proposals to abolish short-term sentences, after facing pressure from the Prime Minister. At the weekend No. 10 said that both short and long-term sentences would be necessary...

12 March 2019
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This week in media appearances

It's been a busy week for our Director, Richard Garside, who has given his comments on a range of criminal justice issues. 

In Tuesday's GuardianRichard drew light on the geographical clustering of knife violence in an article by Jamie Grierson...

8 March 2019
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Peabody to buy Holloway prison site

The Ministry of Justice has sold the Holloway Prison site in North London to housing association Peabody, the Islington Gazette reports.

1,000 new homes are planned for the site, and 60 per cent will be genuinely affordable, meaning they will be available at social rent, for shared ownership, or the Mayor of London's living rent. Over 400 of the homes will be for social rent. A women's centre and public green space will also be...

8 March 2019