We challenge policies that adversely affect particular groups, entrenching problems, not solving them.

Our recent work under this priority includes:

  • With the College of Policing and University College London, we published a comprehensive analysis of problems with police stop-and-search practices.
  • With the campaign group JENGbA, and Manchester Metropolitan University, we produced a report highlighting unfair joint enterprise prosecutions. The report played an important role in work that culminated in a Supreme Court ruling that joint enterprise laws had been wrongly applied for decades.
  • With The Monitoring Group and other partners, we have held regular events and produced reports, exposing racist policing practices, and giving voice to women, family campaigns, trade unionists and others spied on by undercover police officers.
  • With Crisis, we highlighted the inappropriate use of anti-social behaviour legislation to target rough sleepers. In a subsequent piece of work, we used more than 800 freedom of information requests to build a picture of the way anti-social behaviour measures are being used to target young people.

    Work under this priority


Imprisonment for Public Protection

The sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) was abolished in 2012, yet more than 3,000 IPP prisoners continue to languish in custody.


Joint enterprise

Joint enterprise refers to legal principles on the use of the law of complicity.