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.
alternatives to custody
This themed section has Jamie Bennett as the guest editor, examining strategies for reforming, and in some cases abolishing, different aspects of the criminal justice system. Contributors include US activist and academic Julia Sudbury and former prison governor David Wilson.