alternatives to custody
Despite claims of its potential to protect us from serious crime, we run risks if we get hooked on mass GPS tracking, argues Catherine Heard
The Centre’s work on Alternatives to Custody (ACE) in Europe has just reached its half-way mark and has some big landmarks ahead. Catherine Heard, Research and Policy Associate at the Centre, reports.
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, held a workshop on alternatives to prison on 21 April 2015. Attended by around 70 campaigners, academics, researchers and activists, participants were presented with the following questions:
Last week was the first meeting for Alternatives to Custody in Europe, one of the Centre's latest projects. Helen Mills, Research Associate at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, outlines some of definitional issues in this work.
Helen Mills assesses the Community Order and Suspended Sentence Order
Last week the British Academy published a new report on addressing high prison numbers
Helen Mills and Rebecca Roberts consider the opportunities and challenges for progressive penal reform followed by responses from George Mair, Jamie Bennett and Mick Ryan.
Helen Mills questions claims that community sentences cut prison numbers.
Government attempts to slow a rapidly rising prison population by a reformed, and credible, community sentences framework has largely failed, according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Indeed there is evidence that the Community Orders and Suspended Sentence Orders, which came into effect in April 2005, are contributing to the rise in prison numbers, rather than helping to arrest its growth.