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Holloway prison sale timetable slips again

At a Justice Committee meeting on Tuesday, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced that a bidder will be in place for the Holloway site by the end of the year.

Stewart said that the prison population was likely to increase and the Holloway site sale would provide funding for new prisons to cater to that demand.

Deputy Director at the Centre, Will McMahon responded to the announcement:

In November last year, the Government

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28 June 2018
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UK Justice Policy Review 7 out now

The seventh edition of UK Justice Policy Review is out now, covering the period from the 2016 Brexit referendum to the 2017 General Election.

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...

25 June 2018
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Our research on prisons cited in European Parliament report

The 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

21 May 2018
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Our Director and Trustee in The Economist

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. ...

11 May 2018
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Gang matrix a human rights violation: New report

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, ...

9 May 2018
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Video: In conversation with Alex S Vitale

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.

3 May 2018
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Police spying and political movements

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...

2 May 2018
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Knife crime a public health, not policing, problem

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.

Richard told the Guardian that while most people would never be a victim of knife...

27 April 2018
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Imran Khan on racism in the Metropolitan Police

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. 

In 2015, along with Monitoring Group, Imran...

19 April 2018
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Comment on knife crime

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: 

The carrying of weapons is something that operates like a contagion. If people feel frightened because they are

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11 April 2018
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Comment on the forced resignation of Nick Hardwick

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

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29 March 2018