This edition is slightly different. It is based around the conference we held in March 2015 – Criminal justice since 2010: What happened? What next? We were extremely fortunate to have a number of key players in UK criminal justice policy speaking at the conference. They included David Ford MLA, the Northern Ireland Justice Minister; Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish Justice Secretary between 2007 and 2014; and Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd, a member of the House of Commons Justice Committee between 2010 and 2015.
In the first section of this issue we publish their contributions to this conference. The issue opens with an article by the Centre’s director, Richard Garside, giving an overview of criminal justice developments, across the United Kingdom, since 2010.
The second section comprises of short articles in which the contributors have chosen a subject or event that they feel has had lasting impact over the past 26 years in conjunction with the fact that cjm was first published 26 years ago. Jamie Bennett writes about Rex Bloomstein’s documentaries. The riot at Strangeways in 1990 is the subject that Joe Sim reflects on; Peter Squires considers gun crime in Britain and the two decades between the Dunblane shootings and the killing of Mark Duggan. Robert Reiner poses the question do the powerful still need the police? and asks ‘what has become of their cultural capital’. Writing before the General Election Barry Loveday assesses Labour’s plans for the future of policing and criminal justice.
All of the articles are available free to view below. To view this issue in pdf format, please visit the Taylor & Francis website here (subscription required).