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A women's building for Holloway?

Holloway Prison Stories and Reclaim Holloway have released a short film making the case for a women’s building to be part of any future development of the former Holloway prison site in North London.

The film features interviews with women affected by the criminal justice system and women who provided support to those in Holloway.

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22 December 2017
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Our submission to Transforming Rehabilitation inquiry

Our submission to the House of Commons Justice Committee inquiry into 'Transforming Rehabilitation' has now been published on the Committee's website.

Whatever the government's original intentions, we argue in the submission, the Transforming Rehabilitation programme 'is sabotaging, rather than transforming, probation work across England and Wales'.

Rather than 'attempting to make a badly-designed system work slightly less badly', we...

20 December 2017
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Comment on bail-outs for private probation companies

Our Director, Richard Garside, has commented on the National Audit Office report, Investigation into changes to Community Rehabilitation Company Contracts, which is published today.

Richard said:

The government admitted some months ago that it had bailed out the struggling private probation companies. Thanks to the National Audit Office, we now know that the bail-out was worth a third of a billion pounds. It is unlikely to be the last bail-out the

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19 December 2017
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Call to end dysfunctional probation privatisation

Richard Garside, Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies today commented on a damning annual report by the Chief Inspector of Probation, Dame Glenys Stacey.

'None of government’s stated aspirations for Transforming Rehabilitation have been met in any meaningful way', Dame Glenys noted. She went on to question whether the current model for probation can deliver sufficiently well'.

Speaking today, Richard said:

This really

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14 December 2017
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Our work in the news

We've had a busy few weeks in the media, making interventions on a range of matters, from youth prisons to criminal records, knife violence, to the state of the probation service.

Last week, Richard, our Director, told The Times newspaper (£) that the government should end the 'failed' secure training centres experiment and close...

29 November 2017
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'Irrelevant' criminal record checks harm job hopes

Our forthcoming briefing on criminal record checks is covered in this morning's Observer newspaper.

Out of a total of 4.2 million requests for disclosure of criminal records in 2015, the paper reports, only six percent produced any criminal record information. This involved 1,020,111 recorded convictions. Of these, some three quarters – 742,482 – dated back a decade or more.

Our...

26 November 2017
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London Mayor writes to us about Holloway prison plans

In October, we called on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to bid for the now closed Holloway prison site, in a joint letter signed by several other organisations and individuals.

In the letter, we argued that a successful bid 'could set a benchmark for the disposal of prison sites and public land in London and across the country'.

On 10 November, Mr Khan announced, via...

24 November 2017
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Comment on damning new report on G4S-run Oakhill

The controversial security company G4S should be stripped of its contract to run Oakhill secure training centre, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, said today, following a...

21 November 2017
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Welcome for Mayor's intervention in Holloway site sale

We have today welcomed the intervention by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the planned sale of the former Holloway prison site. News of his intervention came via the Mayor's twitter account this afternoon, after he posted a letter he sent to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington....

10 November 2017