Taking forward the Justice Matters initiative

During March we held two really interesting and challenging Justice Matters events.

On Monday, 24th March we held the 'Justice Matters partners' event, focusing on the initiative as a whole...

Richard Garside
16 April 2014

The flawed PC Blakelock murder trial

The prosecution of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock should never have been pursued, Stafford Scott, co-founder of the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign,...

10 April 2014

Policing a multicultural society in the 21st century

I wrote this blog a week or so after the death of Stuart Hall. I coudn't let its publication on the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies website go without mentioning the release of...

Mark Blake
11 March 2014

Police can't be trusted to stop and search fairly

The former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, who resigned from his post over the 'plebgate' affair, calls for an end to police stop and search where there are no grounds for suspicion.

Writing in The Times:

'In 2011-12 Asian or Asian British people accounted for

23 January 2014

Scotland in the lead on stop and search

The Scottish police have stopped 'tens of thousands' of children without any legal cause, leading to concerns that there are inadequate safeguards and the searches could potentially breach childrens' human rights.

A study conducted by Kath Murray from the University of Edinburgh found...

17 January 2014

Race and the criminal justice system

The Ministry of Justice has published data race and the criminal justice system for the year 2011/2012.

  • In 2011/2012, a person 'belonging to the Black ethnic group' was six times more likely than a White person to be stopped and searched.
  • Just under one in ten stop and
  • ...
25 November 2013

Duggan's fingerprints and DNA not found on gun

Forensic experts did not find Mark Duggan's fingerprints or DNA on a gun which police claim he was holding when he was killed, a jury heard. Mr Duggan was shot dead by armed police officers in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, when the minicab he was travelling in was stopped in August 2011.


15 November 2013

Housing needs of women from minority ethnic groups leaving HMP Holloway

How can women from minority ethnic groups leaving prison be rescued from homelessness? This is the question asked by a new research report by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Many women leaving prison need urgent help to find or retain safe and decent housing; in addition they have...
Roger Grimshaw, with Samantha Harding, Madeline Watkins and Sylwia Szydlowska
21 August 2013