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Electronic monitoring: Legitimacy, Rights and Innovation

The Howard League for Penal Reform is undertaking a project with the Centre to assess the future of electronic monitoring (EM) in criminal justice. At the forefront of the project are the issues of legitimacy and rights which should be addressed in the evaluation of any particular EM system...
11 November 2019
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Homicide in Britain in the 21st century

This research is investigating the social distribution of homicide in the 21st century compared with existing findings for the latter part of the 20th century. 

The study aims to examine trends in homicide rates across the UK since 2000. It will investigate where rates are currently the highest, and how this has changed since 2000 (i.e. where has it increased/declined the largest). It will explore the types of areas relating to these trends, particularly...
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Is it a crime to be poor?

We are working with partners to plan an event next year on the theme: Is it a crime to be poor?

The aim of the event is to share knowledge and research, and to discuss how we, as academics, practitioners and penal reformers can act to end this endemic abuse of the criminal justice system. There are many examples of ways in which the criminal justice system criminalises poverty. These include...
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The future of probation

We are working with a network of professional groups, trade unions and civil society organisations to press for an improved structure and working arrangements for the probation service.

Lead by the Probation Institute , and with the informal title of the Probation Alliance, the initiative is pressing for the reunification of probation, and the recreation of of publicly-owned service, following the disastrous part-privatisation under the former coalition government. The Alliance...
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Transgender prisoners

We have been working to encourage calm, respectful dialogue and discussion on the practical challenges of housing transgender individuals in the prison system.

Since the autumn of 2018, our Director has written a number of think pieces for our website and made various media interventions. In February 2019 the Centre's Trustees lead a process with the staff team, which resulted in the publication of a formal statement on transgender prisoners. It concluded...
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UK Justice Policy Review

UK Justice Policy Review is a programme of activities, including reports and events, which the Centre has been running since 2010.

Under this programme, the Centre assesses year-on-year criminal justice developments across the UK. The programme is made possible through the generous support of The Hadley Trust. UK Justice Policy Review is a programme of activities, including reports and events, which the Centre has been running...
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Violence: prevention, public health and social justice

The aim of this project is to outline a framework for determining how violence reduction for everyone can be effectively achieved.

We will review the state of evidence about ways of reducing violence and consider how a public health approach can deal with the causes of harmful behaviours. In this context, we plan to assess levels of violence in recent years and to consider how far investment in public health interventions has...
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Young adults and antisocial behaviour enforcement

Building on work we completed last year, we are carrying out a series of activities to further explore how antisocial behaviour (ASB) measures are being used to sanction young adults (18 to 25 year olds), particularly in areas where use of the measures is high.

ASB measures can be used by local authorities, the police, and housing providers to sanction particular behaviours in public and private spaces. Very little is known about ASB measures; how they are used, who is being sanctioned by them, or what the outcomes are of using this approach. There is no...