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 62: Uses of research

Questions are raised about the reliability of Home Office research in a series of articles by criminologists, including former senior Home Office researchers, published in this edition edited by Rebecca Roberts. Tim Hope questions the evidence in evidence-based policy making; Reece Walters argues that research carried out under the aegis of the Home Office serves the purposes of the current government. Loraine Gelsthorpe and Gilly Sharpe argue for a broader range of methodological tools.

cjm 61: Mental health

Enver Solomon edits the issue with a focus on mental health. Contributors include, Nigel South, Rose Smith and Gill Green who take a look at the historical basis of the risk reduction agenda and recommend a reassessment. Paul Bebbington looks at the gaps in provision for the high proportion of offenders who suffer from mental and emotional disorders. Tim Spencer-Lane and Andy Bell argue that extended provisions for orders for compulsory mental health treatment through the courts would not be in the best interests of human rights or beneficial treatment.

cjm 60: Punishment and rehabilitation

Will McMahon introduces contributors including, Barbara Hudson who discusses the contemporary debates about punishment; David Faulkner arguing that policy unsupported by theory has left government relying too heavily on punishment to achieve its social change agenda and Ian Loader considering the ways in which emotions shape contemporary debates about punishment.

cjm 59: Crime and the media

Hazel Croall puts this issue into perspective and invited contributors to explore the theme of Crime and the media. Yvonne Jewkes describes how most press coverage of prisoners merely serves to inflame the readers' moral outrage and confirm their prejudices. Ian Marsh and Gaynor Melville summarise the theoretical basis for a postmodern analysis of the connections between media and crime, and regard the internet, the most postmodern of crime sites.

cjm 58: Crime & technology

As guest editor, David Wall introduces articles by Ken Pease on the importance of developing the discipline of crime science; Craig Patterson examining electronic monitoring and the forces pushing forward crime control technologies and Una Padel reporting on the repercussions of sentences that rely on the technology of electronic monitoring.

cjm 57: Whose justice?

Rod Morgan and Rob Allen and contributors consider this area of research. Melanie Krudy and Greg Stewart tell the stories of people issued with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders; Baroness Scotland describes the Government's criminal justice reform programme and Ed Cape and Nony Ardill ask whether victims' rights can be enhanced by reducing the rights of defendants.

cjm 56: Resettlement

Penny Fraser and Una Padel introduce this issue. Shadd Maruna describes the dramatic increase of prison 'recalls' in California, and warns that the UK may be heading toward a system of offender 'recycling' rather than resettlement. Elaine Crawley reports on research into the pre-release experiences of older prisoners, and points to the need for a national strategy. Andy Bain reviews historical shifts of attitude toward changing offending behaviour.

cjm 55: Causes of crime

Richard Garside and Kevin Stenson introduce the contributors to the themed issue with David Downes on the rhetoric's of reform and fear which mask the inequalities that are the real causes of crime.
Kate Painter and David Farrington summarise the findings of recent research showing a marked difference in the way brothers and sisters responded to similar risk factors for offending. Caroline Metcalf and Kevin Stenson critique the current reliance on risk models in criminal justice.

cjm 54: Youth and crime

Rob Allen puts this subject into perspective and Beatrix Campbell argues that the government's take on anti-social behaviour and young offenders misses the crucial factors of gender and domestic violence. Howard Williamson reviews youth justice reforms and defends the provision of services aimed at those at risk of offending and Judy Renshaw introduces the first comprehensive review of the recent youth justice reforms, including an analysis of 'Yots' and the YJB.

cjm 53: Gender and crime

Hazel Croall and Peter Francis introduce the contributors, including: Frances Heidensohn's review of some of the major developments in the study of gender and crime; Sandra Walklate calls for a critical appraisal of gender in relation to crime and the criminal justice process and Loraine Gelsthorpe explores the feminist concerns with gender, crime and criminal justice