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Helen Mills
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Alternatives to custody workshop, 23 September 2015

On 23 September 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held the second in this pair of workshops assessing developments in alternatives to custody in the UK since 2000.

These workshops aimed to explore why the UK's substantial use of alternatives to custody in recent years has had no impact in reducing prisoner numbers. We wanted to identify examples of good practice, as well as problematic areas, in the use of alternatives, as part of a wider European project aiming to reduce our reliance on prison.