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.

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cjm 82: Violence of the British state

British state sanctioned violence is routine, for the most part unaccountable, and continues to wreak havoc on the lives of people in the UK and abroad, according to the authors who offer disturbing accounts of violence permitted under the watch of the British state. Guest editor for this issue, David Whyte, accuses the British government of hiding behind claims of 'necessity' when defending involvement in a range of violent acts and, for some, creating a Kafkaesque world of trial without any possibility of justice.

cjm 81: Pre-crime

David Wall looks at how the idea of pre-crime is increasingly and disturbingly becoming part of the crime prevention landscape. Drawing on the themes of the sci-fi film and book, Minority Report, this special issue explores the way in which science is being used to attempt to predict criminal and social problems before they happen.

cjm 80: Transitions to adulthood

The themed section, guest edited by Richard Garside, offers a series of articles on transitions to adulthood, drawing on the work of the T2A Alliance, established and supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Contributors include Bethan Thomas, James McGuire, Rob Allen and Christina Pantazis.

cjm 79: End of an error

Will McMahon introduces a series of articles reflecting on New Labour's approach to criminal justice. Contributors include Ed Cape, Lee Bridges, Steve Tombs and Dave Whyte.

cjm 78: Visual criminology

Peter Francis outlines his approach as having 'been to bring together a range of practitioner and academic researchers whose work can be broadly described under the heading of visual criminology, in order to showcase their creative and academic work, and to highlight the potential of a criminology that embraces the image and visual culture'. Keith Hayward, Cecil Greek and Roy Coleman are among the contributors.

cjm 77: Exploring penal reform

This themed section has Jamie Bennett as the guest editor, examining strategies for reforming, and in some cases abolishing, different aspects of the criminal justice system. Contributors include US activist and academic Julia Sudbury and former prison governor David Wilson.

cjm 76: Children and young people

Sir Al Aynsley-Green and his colleagues at 11 MILLION guest edit the themed section of this issue. Together, we have attempted to ensure that the voices of children and people are at the centre of the themed section and can be heard loud and clear in its pages.

cjm 75: Perspectives from North America

This twentieth anniversary issue includes a themed section, guest edited by Stephanie Hayman, that provides a uniquely accessible overview of criminal justice developments in North America. All too often politicians and their advisers have flown across the Atlantic in search of solutions to the most pressing crime problems of the day.

cjm 74: Criminalisation

Criminalisation is the title of the themed section guest edited by Christina Pantazis examining the use of criminalisation as a strategy to respond to a variety of social harms. 

cjm 73: Terrorism post 9/11

Dr Basia Spalek and contributors including Abdul Haqq Baker, chair of the Brixton Mosque; John Tulloch, a victim of the 7/7 bombings and Robert Lambert, former head of the Metropolitan Police Muslim Contact Unit examine approaches to political violence since 9/11.