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.

Click here for ongoing comment and analysis on criminal justice and social welfare by the UK Justice Policy Review team.




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

Out now: UK Justice Policy Review 6: From the General Election to Brexit

The 13 month period covered by this edition of UKJPR is bookended by two notable political events.

At one end is the May 2015 General Election, which returned the first majority Conservative UK government for nearly two decades. At the other is the June 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, which inaugurated a new period of politics and policymaking, distinctive in many ways from that which preceded it.

This edition of UKJPR is concerned with assessing and explaining criminal justice developments across the UK’s four nations and regions – England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland – between these two events.

For this edition of UKJPR, we have completely rethought the design and content to make it more accessible and useful to its growing following.

Previous editions

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

Future editions

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies will be producing at least four more UKJPR annual reports, covering the period June 2016 to May 2020.

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

UKJPR 7, due out in early 2018, will cover developments between the June 2016 Brexit referendum and the June 2017 General Election.

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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