As part of the Justice Matters project we asked people to tell us what they would build in place of criminal justice to deal with the social harms that affect society. This is a challenging subject. It is challenging because it is about rethinking the configuration of policy and practice – for instance in housing, education, health, social security and employment – so that many current criminal justice responses are not required at all.
On 14 September, 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies hosted a roundtable meeting where we heard from Dr Deborah Drake (The Open University) and Professor Reece Walters (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane).
They discussed their research into the David Nutt affair. Drawing on interviews conducted with many of the key players, they conclude that high-stakes political issues can open up unprecedented opportunities for critical voices to engage in unbridled critique and to mobilise movements of dissent.
Abigail Amey, Project Assistant at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, gives her view of the recent event asking 'What are the alternatives to prison?'
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, held a workshop on alternatives to prison on 21 April 2015. Attended by around 70 campaigners, academics, researchers and activists, participants were presented with the following questions:
Deborah Drake, Catriona Havard, and John Muncie of the Open University's International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research discuss the methodological problems with risk prediction in criminal justice.
Deborah H Drake and Rod Earle are the guest editors of the themed section with articles based on an Open Univerity conference, 'Resisting the Eclipse: An International Symposium on Prison Ethnography', held at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research and contributors consider the way to open the closed world of prisons to wider scrutiny.