News

Impact of alternatives to custody examined

The relationship between sentencing practices and the official crime rate was discussed last week at a packed event hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

The event – Alternatives to custody: Data and policy perspectives – was organised jointly with the...

25 April 2016
Comment

Michael Gove and the future of electronic monitoring

The hubristically named 'New World' electronic montoring (EM) strategy, devised by the Conservative-led Coalition Government back in 2012, was a commercial, technological and penal fiasco and...

By 
Professor Mike Nellis
11 March 2016
Comment

Cheaper and just as good?

This is the second of four pieces we are publishing, the product of a partnership with the University of Birmingham, discussing correlations between police recorded crime, criminal justice...

By 
Professor Ken Pease
22 January 2016
Comment

Digging into the data on crime and punishment

This is the first of four pieces we are publishing, the product of a partnership with the University of Birmingham, discussing correlations between police recorded crime, criminal justice activity...

By 
Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay
15 January 2016
Comment

Discussing alternatives to criminal justice

As part of the Justice Matters project we asked people to tell us what they would build in place of criminal justice to deal with the social harms that affect society.  This is a challenging...

By 
Will McMahon
20 October 2015
News

Alternatives to custody: national workshops

These workshops, held on 10 June and 23 September, aimed to explore why the UK's substantial use of alternatives to custody in recent years has had no effect on prisoner numbers. We wanted to identify examples of good practice, as...

16 October 2015
News

Expanding the net of criminalisation

Catherine Heard, the Centre's Research and Policy Associate, has described how community sentences have failed to cut prisoner numbers.

In a guest blog on the CLINKS website,...

7 October 2015
Publication

Community sentences since 2000

This report is published under our Alternatives to Custody in Europe project, which takes a detailed look at alternatives across eight EU member states. The report outlines the key policy developments since 2000 in our prison population and use of alternatives, in all three UK jurisdictions. It...
By 
Catherine Heard
23 September 2015