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Treasury budget confirms new mega-prisons

October's Treasury Budget announcement confirmed the construction of two new mega prisons as part of the Prison Estates Transformation Programme, Corporate Watch reports.

The programme plans to build six new prisons altogether, whilst the two confirmed in the budget will be built on the HMP Wellinborough and HMP Glen Parva sites and will create 4,000 new prison places. 

Our former Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, has previously...

8 November 2018
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Landmark ruling in Islington: What does it mean?

The Institute of Chartered Surveyors will soon be addressing affordable housing requirements in their national guidance, reports the Islington Gazette.

This comes after a recent landmark High Court judgement ruling that developers can’t overpay for land and subsequently refuse to abide by local authority planning policies on affordable housing on the grounds of profit loss.

The announcement comes in response to an open letter by Diarmaid...

7 November 2018
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Centre's Director, Richard Garside on core policing

Richard Garside, the Centre's Director, appeared on the Today show yesterday to respond to the Chair of  the National Police Chiefs' Council, Sara Thornton's comments on core policing activities, misogyny and violent crime.

Commenting on the issue, Richard said that:

The police remain a very generously funded public service but nonetheless as austerity has bitten and a number of public services have had cutbacks, it seems very likely, and indeed there is certainly some evidence to suggest

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2 November 2018
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'Not transphobic' to critique transgenderism

Our Director, Richard Garside, is one of more than 50 researchers and academics who have co-signed a letter expressing concern over the harassment and intimidation of those engaged in critical research and discussion on transgenderism.

According to the letter, published in The Guardian, a number of the co-signatories have 'experienced campus protests, calls for dismissal in the press,...

16 October 2018
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Centre's Director, Richard Garside on the BBC

In recent weeks our Director, Richard Garside, appeared on BBC Look North (Yorkshire) and BBC Radio Two's Jeremy Vine show to discuss Karen White's life sentence, prisons and transgender prisoners.

Karen White, a transgender woman with a conviction for indecent assault, indecent exposure and gross indecency involving children, was sentenced on Thursday after being placed in a women's prison and sexually assaulting two prisoners. 

On BBC Look North, Richard said:

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12 October 2018
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The Centre in the news

Staff here at the Centre have been busy appearing in various media over the summer.

Last month, Senior Associate, Helen Mills appeared on Sky News to discuss policing, crime and funding. On crime statistics and public perceptions on crime levels...

14 September 2018
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Does more stop and search mean less crime?

Yesterday we held a really interesting roundtable on the effectiveness of stop and search on crime levels.

The event was part of our UK Justice Policy Review programme which provides analysis of criminal justice policy developments through a series of briefings, annual reviews and events. 

Professor Ben Bradford (University College London), Dr Paul Quinton (College of Policing) and Matteo...

13 September 2018
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Calls for London Mayor to build council housing on Holloway site

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.

Islington Homes for All have launched a petition calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to negotiate with the Ministry of Justice to keep the Holloway site in public ownership and to use the Affordable Homes Fund to build council houses there, alongside facilities for the local community,...

15 August 2018
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Our research in today’s Guardian

Our research on antisocial behaviour and young adults is published today and covered in the Guardian.

Helen Mills, Senior Associate at the Centre is quoted:

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18 July 2018
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Confusion over Holloway buyer announcement

Contrary to what prisons minister Rory Stewart told the House of Commons Justice Committee last week, a buyer for the Holloway prison site will be announced over the summer, the Camden New Journal reports.

The news came from a Ministry of Justice spokesman when a Camden New Journal journalist requested more information. Stewart had told MPs that a bidder would be in place by the end of the year, but the Ministry of Justice has now said an announcement will be made this summer. 

The...

30 June 2018