Discussing alternatives to criminal justice

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...
Steve Tombs, Emma Bell, Graham Pike, Victoria Canning, Deborah Drake, Neena Samota, Rebecca Daddow, Marian Duggan and Rebecca Roberts
20 October 2015

When evidence and politics collide: The David Nutt affair

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....

17 September 2015

How can we make prisons obsolete?

On 21 April, I attended an event run by the Centre and the University of Liverpool to discuss the alternatives to prison, as part of the ongoing Justice Matters project.

The event began...

Abigail Amey
24 April 2015

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: ...

22 April 2015

The dubious 'science' of risk prediction in criminal justice

The prediction, assessment and management of risk have become central to processes of criminal justice administration in many countries around the world.  Indeed, the ‘risk of offending’, along...

Deborah Drake, Catriona Havard, and John Muncie
22 October 2014

cjm 91: Prison ethnography

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...