This is the first of two papers produced as part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies contribution to the work of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance. This briefing looks at factors affecting young adults in three areas of England covered by the T2A pilots
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As the population in custody in England and Wales hits a record high, a report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies questions the role of community sentences in controlling or reducing prison numbers. Community sentences: a solution to penal excess? argues that there are inherent limits to what community sentences can achieve beyond relatively minor adjustments to the numbers in custody.
Our 2010/2011 Annual Report
In early 2011 the National Statistician conducted an independent review of crime statistics with the aim of increasing public confidence in these statistics.
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies worked with Professor Tim Hope of the University of Salford on a submission to the review. The Centre and Professor Hope argued:
Doing justice locally: The North Liverpool Community Justice Centre offers the first non-government funded assessment of the flagship North Liverpool Community Justice Centre. As the first and most highly developed example of a community justice court in the UK, the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre has been a showcase for plans for community justice more broadly.
New light is shed on the challenges facing the coalition in reforming the criminal justice system, with the publication of a report by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In a collection of essays by leading thinkers and commentators, the report Lessons for the coalition, critiques the many innovations and the numerous failings on criminal justice during Labour's period in office.
Rises in spending on the magistrates' courts and the Crown Court in the past ten years pose difficult choices for the coalition government, according to a report published by Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Magistrates' courts' and Crown Court expenditure 1999-2009 highlights the following:
Spending on the prison and probation system in England and Wales has grown by 36 per cent in real terms since 2004 despite a major reorganisation that was meant to save money, a report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has found.
Our 2009/2010 Annual Report
There is little evidence to support the intensive Family Intervention Projects according to Professor David Gregg's briefing paper, Family intervention projects: a classic case of policy-based evidence which is based on a comprehensive re-analysis of government funded evaluations on the effectiveness of the Family Intervention Project (FIP) strategy.