Criminal Justice Matters

Criminal Justice Matters (cjm) was the Centre's quarterly magazine until the end of 2015. cjm published articles exploring contemporary developments relating to political debate, policy and research. It prioritised commentary and discussion of policy developments over articles focused solely on research findings.

The cjm entire archive is free to view and download via these pages.

Cover Publication title

cjm 92: Criminal defence rights in a global context

Ed Cape guest edits the themed section for this issue on criminal defence rights in a global context, with contributors from England and Wales as well as from an international background.

Topical articles include Tim Bateman on the age of criminal responsibility; Roy Coleman and Joe Sim on regeneration and repression in Liverpool and an appreciation by Barbara Hudson of Professor Stan Cohen.

cjm 91: Prison ethnography

Deborah H Drake and Rod Earle are the guest editors of the themed section with articles based on an Open Univerity conference, 'Resisting the Eclipse: An International Symposium on Prison Ethnography', held at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research and contributors consider the way to open the closed world of prisons to wider scrutiny.

cjm 90: Environmental harms

The purpose of the themed section articles in this edition is to prompt and promote debate on issues of pressing and growing global concern with Reece Walters as the guest editor. Articles in the section include Tanya Wyatt reporting on the environmental and social impacts of Western demands; Polly Higgins, Damien Short and Nigel South proposing a way forward to deal with climate change and environmental deterioration and Gary R Potter on the active resistance to environmental damage.

cjm 89: The poverty of punishment

As guest editor, Vincenzo Ruggiero considers a theoretical mapping of the functions of imprisonment. Contributors include Joe Sim focusing on the authoritarian response to the August 2011 riots; Frances Crook reporting on punishing the young poor and Anthony Goodman's contention that, yet again, the future of probation is in doubt as privatisation beckons.

cjm 88: Sport and harm

Guest edited by Peter Francis, contributors consider areas such as the intensification of security measures at major sporting events, the ongoing presence of racism and how journalists might contribute to the diffusion of corruption in sport.

cjm 87: The August 2011 Riots

The themed section featuring a series of articles by contributors who consider the background of, and offer a narrative about, the riots that took place in August 2011. Guest editor Tim Hope introduces a number of contributors, including David Waddington who points out that public disorders in England have been ignited before by a flashpoint incident, and P A J Waddington comments on how the police will always face difficult decisions concerning strategy and control when trying to maintain social order.

cjm 86: Criminal justice and the coalition

The coalition government's promise to 'reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties and roll back state intrusion' has remained unfulfilled, according to a wide-ranging review of its criminal justice policies in the themed section guest edited by Lee Bridges and Ed Cape.

cjm 85: Women, violence and harm

Academics and practitioners consider the range of harms perpetrated against women in an issue guest edited by Christina Pantazis. Somali Cerise and Holly Dustin argue that a criminal justice focus detracts from offering support. Stella Vickers and Paula Wilcox highlight their work with women who have a history of abuse and Vicky Canning reports on the double victimisation of women seeking asylum.

cjm 84: Drugs

David Nutt and Sophie Macken are the guest editors with experts contributing a series of articles that critically assess and challenge the coalition's drug strategy. Eric Carlin argues that ultimately the strategy will disappoint and Neil McKeganey considers the rationale behind it.

cjm 83: Myths and criminal justice

Guest editor Rebecca Roberts and the contributors to the themed section unpack criminal justice myths and the misrepresentations that occur in popular debate. Authors, including Tim Hope, Charlotte Weinberg and Megan O'Neill, seek to challenge what `crime' is and who the `criminals' are in a collection of challenging articles.