This is the first in a series of reports as part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Community Sentences project. The project was initially established to investigate and monitor the new Community Order introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 by providing good quality, objective information about the way it was used and managed during a period of great change following the creation of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).
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Labour entered government in 1997 with the intention to be ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’. Since then, spending on the criminal justice system has substantially increased, and a comprehensive reform programme has been pursued, affecting all criminal justice agencies.
What the public really thinks about community sentences is an evaluation of the 'Local Crime: Community Sentence' project which aims to raise public awareness about the importance of community sentences and to improve public confidence in them. Though a democratic system of justice relies on public trust and confidence, it is well-known that the public is poorly informed about the workings of the criminal justice system.There is an emerging recognition that the best way forward in
With a keynote essay by Richard Garside on the limited role the criminal justice system can play in promoting a safer society, this collection of essays includes contributions from Nick Clegg MP and Edward Garnier MP.
From punishment to problem solving: a new approach to children in trouble looks at one of the key priorities for the New Labour administration in 1997, dealing with young offenders. Reforming youth justice was not only an end in itself. The new government observed that most adult offenders in the prisons started their offending careers as children and young people.
The government's drive to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system is failing to address some of the most serious offences, so ignoring the suffering of many thousands of victims, a report from the Crime and Society Foundation today claims.
Our 2005/2006 Annual Report
Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, has recently stated that 'organised crime is one of the biggest challenges faced by this country. This comment reflects a continued, yet growing, focus on the potentially enormous damage done by serious organised crime. Bearing this in mind, the government has abandoned its incremental, multi-agency reaction to a flourishing problem, in favour of the new, high-profile Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), described as ‘the British FBI’, a new breed of la
Previous research has shown that prisoners involved in education value support and encouragement from officers on the wings. Wings of Learning: the role of the prison officer in supporting prisoner education was aimed at discovering how officers viewed prison education, what support they could offer, and how it might best be given in the future.
Our 2004/2005 Annual Report