Over 180 residents and community campaigners attended a packed Community Plan for Holloway meeting on Friday 2 March. In what was a vibrant event, the audience heard from an anti-prison activist, housing campaigners and local residents who together called for the land on the former prison site to be used in the community interest.
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Tuesday, 06 March, 2018
Thursday, 22 February, 2018
Yesterday we held a private roundtable on the implications of Brexit for the rights of suspects and defendants.
An engaged and knowledgeable audience heard from three speakers. Professor Ed Cape from the University of the West of England gave an overview of the procedural rights for suspects and defendants and the mutual cooperation in the European Union.
Jago Russell, Chief Executive of Fair Trials, spoke about the European Arrest Warrant. Jodie Blackstock, Legal Director of Justice, spoke about procedural safeguards for suspects and defendants.
Thursday, 15 February, 2018
On Friday 2nd March Community Plan for Holloway, a project of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, is holding a public meeting in Islington to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site. It will be an opportunity for local people to share their thoughts on the community vision that we have produced for the site. The community vision is based on over 900 responses we received from local people and organisations to the Community Plan for Holloway survey in 2017.
Thursday, 08 February, 2018
Our Director Richard spoke about the prisons crisis at a meeting of the Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique earlier this week.
Richard said that that 'the prisons crisis is not, fundamentally, a crisis in prisons: one that can be resolved if the right reforms, the right action, is taken. It is a crisis of prisons: of our unbending attempts to treat a complex set of social problems - violence, drug, alcohol and mental health problems, poverty and disadvantage, social antagonisms - as if they are a simple set of crime problems, be resolved through punishment'.
Monday, 29 January, 2018
In a letter in today's Guardian, tagging expert Mike Nellis calls for the 'over-complex, outsourced infrastructure set in place to manage the mass expansion of GPS tracking' to be dismantled', to be replaced by 'a modest and sensible use of tagging.. properly integrated into a restored, publicly owned probation service, as it mostly is in mainland Europe'.
Friday, 26 January, 2018
Our submission to the House of Commons Justice Committee inquiry into the prison population in 2022 has been published on the Committee's website.
Submitted in partnership with the analytical services organisation, Justice Episteme, our submission offers an analysis of the historical trajectory of the custodial population in England and Wales from 2003, and a projection for the period to 2022 and beyond.
Thursday, 25 January, 2018
Last week we held a symposium on the future of electronic monitoring of those under a criminal justice sanction in England and Wales. The symposium heard from Dr Hannah Graham, from the University of Stirling and Professor Mike Nellis, from the University of Strathclyde.
Dr Graham spoke about the Scottish experience of electronic monitoring, as well as international evidence on impact and effectiveness. Professor Nellis spoke about how electronic monitoring might be used, and about the risks of its inappropriate use.
Tuesday, 09 January, 2018
On Friday, 5 January, Andy Bain of Community Plan for Holloway was interviewed on the early evening BBC London News, calling for genuinely affordable housing to be built on the Holloway prison site to meet the needs of young people in Islington. The interview was part of a report about the adoption of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the site by Islington Council's Planning and Development Committee on 4 January.
Monday, 01 January, 2018
Reflecting on the events of 2017 and looking ahead to 2018, our Director, Richard Garside, said:
2017 has been one of the busiest years for the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. We have published more than 20 reports, briefings and journal editions. We have held more than 20 events. We have met with ministers and government officials and our work has been cited in parliament.
Saturday, 30 December, 2017
Criminal justice across the UK has got smaller, but tougher, over recent years, according to a new briefing from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. While recorded crime, prosecutions and convictions have all fallen over the past decade, a 'justice dividend' has yet to be realised in the number of people in prison, which have continued to rise.