Why do we still imprison pregnant women?

The latest reports of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights revealed the conditions in some British prisons.

Rona Epstein and Geraldine Brown
27 July 2020

The worst place in the world

Before the Strangeways protests, children were incarcerated with adults.

Carolyne Willow
11 March 2020

Latest from the campaign to end child imprisonment

In advance of today's Westminster Hall debate on the abolition of child imprisonment, the steering group of the End Child Imprisonment campaign have produced a joint briefing

The document is unequivocal that the child's best interests must always be a primary consideration and urges cross-party commitment to the immediate closure of young offender institutions and secure training centres.

The steering group call for investment in services and support for...

25 June 2019

Joint call for closure of child prisons

The campaign to End Child Imprisonment has today published Principles and minimum expectations for children deprived of their libertywhich provides a framework for addressing harmful behaviour and supporting vulnerable children outside of prison settings.

 The campaign is a coalition of organisations and individuals who propose alternatives to child imprisonment and minimum expectations and standards for cases where it is absolutely necessary to deprive children of their liberty. Article 39 is leading the campaign and their Director said: ...

18 April 2019

More social workers, fewer police?

Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has called for 'a new approach' in responding to vulnerable and missing teenagers. He emphasised the need to protect children, but questioned whether the police are best placed to do this, reports...

5 August 2015

An alternative model of positive youth justice

The Youth Justice System (YJS) of England and Wales is not fit for purpose. It is about time that the YJS started to treat children who offend in ways that befit their status as children...

Professor Kevin Haines and Dr Stephen Case
23 January 2015

Report on inequality in London

A report published by Children’s Rights Alliance for England mapping inequalities in outcomes for children in London indicates that children in Lambeth are 30 times...

29 July 2014

British children dying from poverty

A study by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the National Children's Bureau claims that thousands of children in Britain die each year as a result of poverty,...

1 May 2014

From punishment to problem solving: a new approach to children in trouble

From punishment to problem solving: a new approach to children in trouble looks at one of the key priorities for the New Labour administration in 1997, dealing with young offenders. Reforming youth justice was not only an end in itself. The new government observed that most adult offenders in the...
Rob Allen
9 September 2006

Poverty and Disadvantage among prisoners' families

Poverty and Disadvantage among prisoners families was produced by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College and was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report examines how prisoners' families are `hidden innocent...
Rose Smith, Roger Grimshaw, Renee Romeo and Martin Knapp
4 May 2007

'Knife crime'. A review of evidence and policy (2nd Edition)

A coherent evidence based strategy that recognises the deeper structural causes of inequality, poverty and social disaffection is needed to address knife related offending according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report argues that enforcement and punitive...