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 52: Crime, values and beliefs

As guest editors, Rob Allen and Clare Sparks and their contributors put this issue into perspective. Stuart Dew describes some biblical examples of forgiveness towards wrongdoers. Peter Tarleton, Khalil Kazi and Kate Jenkins describe how they work collaboratively within a multi-faith setting at HMP Leeds. Simon Hughes MP writes on the Liberal Democrat position in light of a government that is 'tough on crime'.

cjm 51: Dangerous offenders

Kevin Stenson and Penny Fraser gather articles on this subject from contributors, including, Chris Greer arguing that sensationalised media coverage of violent crime leads to a climate of fear and intolerance and James Sheptycki dissects the self-mythologising memoirs of a serial killer. In the past men who committed violence at home were protected by public attitudes that blamed the victim, Mieko Bond describes a Merseyside campaign tackling these misperceptions.

cjm 50: Crime, families and communities

Peter Francis and Una Padel introduce this issue, with David J Smith on comparisons of family functioning and delinquency and Lynn Hancock scrutinising the weak links between urban regeneration strategies and crime reduction.

cjm 49: Public perceptions and participation

Rob Allen and the contributors put this issue on public perceptions and participation into perspective. Mike Hough describes the trend towards simple and tough 'solutions' to crime. Rob Allen reviews the evidence about what the people really think about prison as a solution to crime and Marie Gillespie and Eugene McLaughlin summarise their research into how the public's knowledge and attitudes are determined by the media's treatment of criminal justice.

cjm 48: Hate crimes

Hazel Croall and David Wall set the theme in context, with Vicky Kielinger and Betsy Stanko suggesting that a notion of targeted violence may be more appropriate than the traditional notion of hate crime as stranger crime. Research by Larry Ray and David Smith showed many incidents involving racial hostility were complex and interrelated with other social factors. Leslie Moran explores the challenges that homophobic violence raises for the way we understand 'hate crime'.

cjm 47: Drugs

Penny Fraser and Una Padel focus on the subject of drugs along with Roger Howard who surveys the current direction of UK drug policy; Adam Sampson discussing the development of a criminal justice emphasis in providing treatment for drug users, and Karen Harman and Ian Paylor look at the implications of the change in drugs policy from a public health to a criminal justice agenda.

cjm 46: New developments in criminal justice

Andrew Sanders and Barry Loveday introduce the issue with Tim Newburn surveying the paths leading into New Labour's 'third way' criminal justice policy. Clare Sparks and Matthew Taylor illuminate the contradictions within developing criminal justice policy and David Downes regrets that New Labour did not take more guidance from academic expertise in formulating its new crime control policies

cjm 45: Training

Peter Francis considers the issue of training together with Gordon Hughes and Adam Edwards who describe the contestation and compromise in the training and socialisation of a new 'profession'. Jim McManus identifies the need for national standards of training for community safety coordinators

cjm 44: International perspectives

Rob Mawby and the contributors offer analysis on the theme in a series of articles: Jennifer Oades views the issues in an international context and Andrew Coyle puts prison reform in an international context. Carol Jones explores the complexities of exploitation and criminality behind the term 'sex tourism'.

cjm 43: Crime and the media

Kevin Stenson and Hazel Croall invite comment on the theme of Crime and the media, with Robert Reiner who reviews a major research project to illustrate a changing discourse of crime stories in which offenders are demonised and the menace of crime stressed. While Richard Sparks reflects on populist representations of crime and disorder and asks how more complex representations could be achieved and David Rose presents a journalist's perspective on while the press are often criticised for distorting crime issues, criminal justice agencies can be less than forthcoming in providing information. Derek Chadee summarises research findings on how crime news affects the public's perception of crime