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 72: Influencing policy

This issue includes a themed section, edited by Betsy Stanko, examining the criminal justice policy making process. Contributors include Jan Berry reflecting on her chairmanship of the Police Federation; Michele Burnam reporting on the work between criminologists and the Scottish Executive and Peter Dunn on government policy towards victims and witnesses.

cjm 71: Detention

The special focus on detention, edited by David Scott, explores the different sites and purposes of detention, and examines the backgrounds and experiences of those detained and considers the legitimacy of detention. This is the first edition produced in partnership with Routledge.

cjm 70: Politics, economy and crime

The impact of economic and political thinking on crime and imprisonment is examined in the latest issue edited by Pat Carlen. Contributors looks at how political economy is a significant factor in a range of crimes, the use of imprisonment, and approaches to punishment.

cjm 69: Prevention

A range of issues are examined including, early intervention, preventing corporate crime, CCTV, crime mapping, the government's flagship Sure Start scheme and includes an interview with the Director of the Social Exclusion Taskforce, Naomi Eisenstadt.

cjm 68: Security and Surveillance

Kevin Stenson guest edits this issue and introduces David Lyon focussing on the background to our surveillance society; Bernie Heath on the wholesale introduction of CCTV in probation hostels and Nigel Gilbert on future advances in electronic data collection.

cjm 67: Ten Years On…

David Downes put this issue in context, with Robert Reiner reflecting on what has happened to crime under New Labour; Coretta Phillips and Ben Bowling on discrimatory treatment of minority ethnic people in the criminal justice system and Rob Allen reviewing the positive and the disappointing elements of youth justice reform

cjm 66: Violence, harm and society

Leading practitioners and academics critically analyse how society deals with violent, dangerous behaviour and the harm in this edition edited by Will McMahon and Zoe Davies. Contributors include Chris Eades on the how the facts about knice crime are at odds with public policy and perception; Deborah Coles looks at what deaths in custody migh reveal about the nature of the criminal justice system and Peter Morrall on the phenomenon of murder in society.

cjm 65: Historical perspectives

An historical view on criminal justice debates and policies is taken in the latest edition, edited by Rod Morgan, which takes a look back at issues relating to crime and justice. David Faulkner describes how criminal justice systems have been shaped by the changing attitudes of the age; Frances Crook puts penal policy reform in historic context and Michael Howard, a former Home Secretary, gives his perspective of what it takes to make the criminal justice system effective.

cjm 64: Community engagement

Rob Allen guest edits this issue of cjm examining the rhetoric and reality of community engagement from theoretical and practical perspectives. David Blunkett writes about community rights and rebalancing the system; Enver Solomon and Ben Bowling interview Ian Blair, and Kathryn Farrow and David Prior report on tackling anti-social behaviour through community engagement.

cjm 63: Policing

Barry Loveday and Peter Francis introduce this issue with contributors assessing the wide ranging reforms affecting the police including plans to merge forces, the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the roll out of neighbourhood policing and the extension of police powers. Howard Parker charts the impact of competing government agendas and targets on policing drugs since the 1990s: Peter Neyroud describes the work ahead for the National Policing Improvement Agency and Gordon Hughes highlights challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for CSPs following the Crime and Disorder Act Review.