Criminal justice system in England and Wales is on the cusp of a punitive turn, with consequences for an already crisis-ridden prisons system, according to latest report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
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The Centre's latest report, Trends in criminal justice spending, staffing and populations 2008-2009 to 2017-2018, examines the real terms spending and staffing trends across the three criminal justice jurisdictions of the UK.
Spending on the police in England and Wales grew by nearly 50 per cent between 1999 and 2009, according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Police expenditure 1999-2009, the first independent study of police authority spending over the last decade, found that police expenditure grew in real terms from £9.83 billion in 1998/1999 to £14.55 billion in 2008/2009. It also found that much of the burden of this rise fell on local council taxpayers, rather than the Home Office.
Spending on the prison and probation system in England and Wales has grown by 36 per cent in real terms since 2004 despite a major reorganisation that was meant to save money, a report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has found. Prison and probation expenditure 1999 - 2009 found that spending on the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) - which combines the costs of operating the prison, probation and headquarters function - rose in real terms from £3.6 billion in 2004/2005 to £4.9 billion in 2008/2009.
Rises in spending on the magistrates' courts and the Crown Court in the past ten years pose difficult choices for the coalition government, according to a report published by Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Magistrates' courts' and Crown Court expenditure 1999-2009 highlights the following: