Richard Garside

Richard is the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University. Prior to joining the Centre, Richard worked at Nacro as Head of Communications.

He joined to the Centre in 2003 to set up an the 'Crime and Society Foundation' project, having secured a major grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Crime and Society Foundation sought to explore the role and limitations of approaches to social problems based on criminalisation and punishment, and to champion alternative approaches grounded in social justice principles.

Richard became the Centre's Director in 2006 and he continues to champion the shrinking of the criminal justice system and the development of more effective and just policies and practices, grounded in prevention and inclusion. He is in favour of the long-term abolition of prisons and the development of policies and practices that are socially transformative, rather than punitive.

Richard is the lead author of the Centre's keynote annual publication: UK Justice Policy Review. He has also written a range of other pamphlets and articles and is in demand as a conference speaker. He appears regularly in national print and broadcast media as a commentator on crime, criminal justice and social harm.

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Articles by Richard


Racial bias and the problem of policing (22 September 2017)


Tough talk costs lives (24 November 2016)
Let them fail (27 October 2016)
Five prisoners a day
(23 September 2016)
Reform prisons a tragic distraction
(18 May 2016)
Doing bad policy well
(29 April 2016)
Death at the hands of the law
(31 March, 2016)
The New Labour crime policies of Cameron and Corbyn
(28 February, 2016)


Current criminal justice policy and the legacy of coalition (30 November, 2015)
Time for bold action to downsize criminal justice
(19 November, 2015)
Better an ideologue than a barbarian
(9 October, 2015)
Slash police budgets
(7 September, 2015)
Imposing austerity through nationalisation
(6 July, 2015)
Should the police record crime?
(9 June, 2015)
Falling police numbers: The longer view
(19 May, 2015)
The non-crisis in policing in England and Wales
(18 May, 2015)
Crime is down. Crime is up. What's going on?
(24 April, 2015)
Criminal justice across the United Kingdom (23 March, 2015)


The rule of law and the meaning of leadership (24 October, 2014)
Criminal justice in the United Kingdom since 2010
(15 October, 2014)
The challenge of downsizing criminal justice
(21 May, 2014)
It's true because I saw it on the telly
(19 May, 2014)
Trends in knife homicide in England and Wales
(29 April, 2014)
Is violence in decline? (24 April, 2014)
Taking forward the Justice Matters initiative
(16 April, 2014)
The great criminal justice contracts monopoly
(17 March, 2014
Resist government's obsession with men in uniform
(30 January, 2014)
The coming probation privatisation disaster
(22 January, 2014)
Criminal justice harsher and more punitive than ever
(8 January, 2014)


Working to the contract (November 19, 2013)
The great probation sell-off (September 19, 2013)
Recession, suicide and violence (September 18, 2013)
Don't have nightmares (July 17, 2013)
A very disturbing place (July 10, 2013)
Making an impact (June 17, 2013)
Making sense of crime trends (January 25, 2013)


A finger in the air punt (May 25, 2012)
Downsizing prison (May 16, 2012)
Nine prisoners a day (May 9, 2012)
Let them scrub floors (May 2, 2012)


Prisoners are people too (February 10, 2011)
Drivers: 0. Cyclists: 61 (January 21, 2011)
Rearranging the deckchairs (January 14, 2011)
Does crime exist? (January 5, 2011)


The cost of crime (June 5, 2010)
Incarceration nation (May 21, 2010)
Do more police cuts crime? (February 27, 2010)
For my next trick, part two (February 15, 2010)
What is residual inequality? (February 6, 2010)
For my next trick... (February 1, 2010)
Homicidal thoughts (January 28, 2010)
On average I'm comfortable (January 26, 2010)
Lessons of Edlington (January 25, 2010)
Crime and social justice (June 23, 2006)
Not for the Faint-Hearted (October 24, 2005)
Wrong question. Wrong answer (October 10, 2005)


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