This initial assessment of criminal justice resources, staffing and workloads was carried out during October and November 2008 by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies for a group of professional bodies and trade unions representing those who work in the criminal justice system.
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Community Sentences Digest highlights that in 2007, 162,648 people started court orders in the community, the highest ever recorded number. It represents a 36 per cent increase in the decade since 1997. The orders include both community sentences and Suspended Sentence Orders.
Engaging communities with the criminal justice system can be achieved by providing the public with clear information about sentencing.
The universal right of all suspects to consult with a solicitor of their choice has been undermined by recent changes introduced by the government to the delivery of legal advice for those arrested and detained by the police, claims a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The authors, Professors Lee Bridges and Ed Cape, argue that the new services:
Criminal obsessions is an innovative, groundbreaking critique of conventional criminological approaches to social issues. The contributors show how social harm relates to social and economic inequalities that are at the heart of the liberal state. This second edition of Criminal obsessions includes an additional essay by Simon Pemberton in which he develops theoretically the concept of social harm and discusses the future of the social harm perspective.
Discussion papers from a roundtable discussion on ethnicity and social harm the Centre hosted in October 2008. The lead paper by Rebecca Roberts and Will McMahon is available for download, along with response papers by Professors Danny Dorling, James Nazroo and Lucinda Platt.
Government policies aimed at diverting minor offences from court have resulted in `extensive net-widening', with individuals `being brought within the ambit of the criminal justice system who previously were ignored or dealt with informally', claims a study published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
CCJS has undertaken a detailed and systematic literature review to establish if there are effective interventions for young people who sexually abuse. Commissioned by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales the review informed a source document, from which a Key Elements of Effective Practice (KEEP) guidance document was drawn. The Youth Justice Board wished CCJS to use a systematic review of research to:
The government's analysis of factors driving up the prison population is 'inadequate' and 'highly misleading' according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
Our 2007/2008 Annual Report