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Alternatives to custody: How is Europe doing?

The Alternatives to Custody in Europe project (ACE) brings together partners from a diverse range of European countries, to assess the evidence and work out whether criminal justice sanctions and...

By 
Catherine Heard
14 May 2015
News

Investigating alternatives to custody across Europe

This month sees the Centre starting work on a new project comparing alternatives to incarceration across eight European countries.

The European Observatory on Alternatives to Incarceration, a two year project funded by the European Union, will draw on the expertise of...

4 July 2014
Publication

The 'alternative to custody' myth

Helen Mills questions claims that community sentences cut prison numbers.
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Helen Mills
cjm 83: Myths and criminal justice
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Grayling: 'If you break the law you will be punished'

In a bid to improve 'public confidence' in the criminal justice system, Justice Minister Chris Grayling has announced (again) that all community sentences are to incorporate a 'punitive element'. The reforms brought about by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 will come into...

3 December 2013
Publication

Community Sentences Digest (2nd edition)

Community Sentences Digest highlights that in 2007, 162,648 people started court orders in the community, the highest ever recorded number. It represents a 36 per cent increase in the decade since 1997. The orders include both community sentences and Suspended Sentence Orders. The report states: '...
By 
Enver Solomon and Arianna Silvestri
25 November 2008
Publication

Community sentences: a solution to penal excess?

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...
By 
Helen Mills
1 August 2011
Publication

Reducing the numbers in custody: looking beyond criminal justice solutions

Reducing the numbers in custody argues that the key levers for reducing record high prison numbers are located in wider social and economic policy and not in changes to community sentences or reforms to criminal justice policy. Drawing on respected research and the experiences of campaigners...
By 
Helen Mills and Rebecca Roberts
23 January 2012