UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 8

Richard Garside, Roger Grimshaw, Matt Ford, Helen Mills
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The eighth in an annual series from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, supported by The Hadley Trust, assessing year-on-year developments in criminal justice across the United Kingdom.

Since 2010, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, with support from The Hadley Trust, has been assessing criminal justice developments across the UK through its UK Justice Policy Review programme.

Our latest publication – UK Justice Policy Review, Volume 8 – covers the period from 8 June 2017 to 24 July 2018.

This edition takes the story forward from the June 2017 General Election to the parliamentary recess of summer 2018. Just over a year, in which there were many opportunities for reflection on current criminal justice performance and priorities, but minds began to become preoccupied with the increasingly imminent prospect of the UK leaving the EU in 2019.

The year saw further signs of a simmering crisis in criminal justice, as fundamental police structures and priorities began to be questioned, the prison and probation services received even more ‘bad notices’, and a new relationship with international criminal justice partners in Europe following Brexit remained to be negotiated.

The Review, like previous editions, focuses on the key criminal justice institutions: the police, the courts and access to justice, prisons, and probation, across the UK.

The report covers developments across the UK, including:

  • Key speeches 
  • Main legislation by the UK parliament and Scottish Parliament
  • Policing
  • Courts and access to justice
  • Prisons
  • Probation

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Get the data

A full set of data, notes and sources for the data dashboard are available to download by clicking on the images of the charts below.

England and Wales


Northern Ireland