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Latest on the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Following revelations that undercover police officers infiltrated hundreds of political and justice campaigns in the UK, the government launched an Undercover Policing Inquiry in 2015.

Three years later, to cries of ‘no justice, no peace’, dozens of spying victims marched out of the latest Inquiry hearing, denouncing the process and calling for the resignation of presiding judge John Mitting.

Our Research Fellow Connor Woodman explains...

26 March 2018
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In conversation with Alex S Vitale

After Alex S Vitale's appearance at Conway Hall last week to launch his new book, The End of Policing, our Research Fellow Connor Woodman and Novara's Sam Swann discuss with Alex the role of police in society and ask what the alternatives might be.

Listen to the podcast here.

23 March 2018
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The 2017 Radzinowicz Prize goes to...

The Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology award the Radzinowicz Prize each year to the person who ‘most contributes to knowledge of criminal justice issues and the development of criminology’.

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian has been awarded the 2017 prize for her paper The Occupation of the Senses: The Prosthetic and Aesthetic of State Terror. 

Sandra Walklate, the Editor-in-Chief, notified Nadera who responded, 'It is a great honour not only for me personally, but also for...

21 March 2018
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Christopher Alder: 20 years on

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the unlawful killing of Christopher Alder in a police station in Hull. 

His sister, Janet Alder, has spent the subsequent years campaigning to bring the circumstances of his death to light. She has, as a consequence, been the victim of police surveillance by Humberside police. It was only officially confirmed to Janet that she had been under surveillance after the...

20 March 2018
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New report launched: After Holloway

After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system has been published by Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

The report comprises of a consultation with 50 women affected by the criminal justice system, many of whom were imprisoned in HMP Holloway, and asks whether and how the closure has had an impact and ideas for what they...

8 March 2018
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Big turn out for Community Plan public meeting

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.

The meeting began with a presentation, by the Centre's Deputy Director...

6 March 2018
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After Brexit. Implications for the justice system

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...

22 February 2018
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Local people to discuss future of Holloway prison site

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.

There will...

15 February 2018
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Close prisons rather than try to fix them

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,...

8 February 2018
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GPS offender tagging farce tied to privatised probation

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'.

The Centre is currently working with Mike Nellis and partners across the penal reform sector to explore the possibilities for a progressive vision for the future of electronic monitoring. This followed a private...

29 January 2018
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Our submission to prison population 2022 inquiry

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.

We estimate that, if there...

26 January 2018