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  • Monday, 21 May, 2018

    European Parliament has cited European Prison Observatory research in a briefing on prison conditions in member states. 

    The European Prison Observatory is an ongoing, pan-European project funded by the European Union of which the Centre is partner. 

    Further information on the project can be found here

  • Friday, 11 May, 2018

    Both our Director and Trustee have been quoted in The Economist in an article about the continued use of the gang matrix by the Metropolitan Police. 

    The gang matrix has received national press coverage this week after Amnesty International produced a report highlighting the high numbers of ethnic minorities on the matrix. 

  • Wednesday, 09 May, 2018

    Amnesty International has, this week, accused the Metropolitan Police of violating the human rights of predominantly black boys and men through continued use of the gang violence matrix. 

    The report references our research from 2016 with Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams, Dangerous Associations: Joint Enterprise, Gangs and Racism

  • Thursday, 03 May, 2018

    In March, along with Netpol, we organised the launch of Alex S Vitale's book, The End of Policing. 

    Video footage of the talk and discussion from the launch can be viewed here.

  • Wednesday, 02 May, 2018

    Our Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, has written two articles published in Verso and Jacobin. 

    For Verso, Connor responds to Alex S Vitale's The End of Policing and asks, 'When, if ever, is it justified for the state to surveil, infiltrate and repress political movements'? 

  • Friday, 27 April, 2018

    Knife crime should be treated as a public health challenge, not a policing problem, our Director, Richard Garside, tells The Guardian newspaper today.

    There is renewed concern that knife violence is on the rise following the publication of the latest crime data showing a 22 percent increase in knife crime and an 11 percent rise in gun crime.

  • Thursday, 19 April, 2018

    Imran Khan, the Lawrence family solicitor, has written an article in response to the BBC's three-part documentary on Stephen Lawrence's murder, 'Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation'. 

    In The Guardian article, Khan questions whether anything has changed within the Metropolitan Police since Stephen Lawrence's murder in 1993 and emphasises how much work is to be done to shape a racially just society and police force. 

  • Wednesday, 11 April, 2018

    Our Research Director, Roger Grimshaw, has been quoted by a number of news outlets on knife crime in London. 

    Today he commented on London's knife violence for NBC News: 

  • Tuesday, 03 April, 2018

    The death by shooting of a 17-year-old girl in Tottenham has raised fresh concerns about apparently rising violent crime in London.

    According to official data, there were 100 suspected homicides in London in the 12 months to March 2012. The following year, it rose to 109, before falling. In the 12 months to March 2017, there were 108 suspected homicides.

  • Thursday, 29 March, 2018

    Our Director, Richard Garside, spoke on last night's BBC Newsnight on the dismissal of Nick Hardwick as Chair of the Parole Board.

    Richard told the programme:

    It’s really important as we look forward that the independence of the Parole Board from political interference is absolutely guaranteed.

    It’s really striking in his resignation letter that Nick Hardwick raises the question, effectively, of whether parliament itself should intervene to guarantee the independence of Parole Board decision-making.