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 has been made possible through the generous support of The Hadley Trust.

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In each edition of the UK Justice Policy Review report you will find:

  • Analysis of notable criminal justice policy developments, including key debates, major initiatives and legislative changes.
  • Data about the criminal justice system in the UK for the year under review and the preceding period.
  • A breakdown of the year in numbers.
  • A timeline of the key events.

UK Justice Policy Review brings much of this UK-wide data together in one place for the first time.

Annual UK Justice Policy Review publications

Latest report

UK Justice Policy Review 8: From the 2017 General Election to the summer recess

This edition takes the story forward from the June 2017 General Election to the parliamentary recess of summer 2018. Just over a year, in which there were many opportunities for reflection on current criminal justice performance and priorities, but minds began to become preoccupied with the increasingly imminent prospect of the UK leaving the EU in 2019.

The year saw further signs of a simmering crisis in criminal justice, as fundamental police structures and priorities began to be questioned, the prison and probation services received even more ‘bad notices’, and a new relationship with international criminal justice partners in Europe following Brexit remained to be negotiated.

Already published

UK Justice Policy Review 1
May 2010 to May 2011
UK Justice Policy Review 2
May 2011 to May 2012
UK Justice Policy Review 3
May 2012 to May 2013
UK Justice Policy Review 4
May 2013 to May 2014
UK Justice Policy Review 5
May 2014 to May 2015
UK Justice Policy Review 6
May 2015 to June 2016
UK Justice Policy Review 7
June 2016 to June 2017
UK Justice Policy Review 8
June 2017 to July 2018

Future editions

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies will be producing further annual reports in the coming years.

These plans reflect the Centre’s ongoing commitment to scrutinise criminal justice developments, explain their determinants and assess their significance.

The coalition years: Criminal justice in the United Kingdom: 2010 to 2015

A UK Justice Policy Review special report on criminal justice since 2010

The coalition years examines criminal justice developments across the United Kingdom over the five years between 2010 and 2015.

It also considers the challenges facing an incoming United Kingdom government after the May 2015 General Election.

All three United Kingdom criminal justice jurisdictions are covered: England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The process of criminal justice reform is, at heart, a political project, shaped by, and shaping in its turn, an array of economic, cultural, historical and ideological influences.

It is this articulation of the political and the criminal justice, during the period 2010 to 2015, that this report seeks to draw out.

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