Publication

Assessing the General Election manifestos

This UK Justice Policy Review Focus scrutinises some key manifesto pledges in the area on the police, prisons and drugs policy
By 
Richard Garside
26 May 2017
Comment

Tough talk costs lives

Michael Gove is the latest politician to accept that we lock up too many people in prison.

'It is an inconvenient truth – which I swerved to an extent while in office – that we send too...

By 
Richard Garside
24 November 2016
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
News

Cameron's reforms: Asset stripping and privatisation?

The Centre's Deputy Director, Will McMahon, and Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, have warned that David Cameron's recent speech on prison reform signals a move towards the expansion and privatisation of criminal justice, rather than a serious attempt to address the problems in the...

22 February 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
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