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Centre welcomes call for drug law rethink

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has welcomed calls by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for ‘the personal possession and the use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised’, and for a new strategy to be developed to deal with drug harms modelled on the Portuguese harm reduction...

16 June 2016
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Better responses to drug harm

Last Monday, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies hosted an event exploring Portugal's experience of decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use and adopting a health-led approach to managing drug harms.

With contributions from an expert panel, including the head of...

19 May 2016
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High prison numbers: Are sentencers to blame?

Since his appointment in May, several predictions have been made about the kind of Justice Secretary Michael Gove will be. Expanding the role for the private sector in delivering criminal justice...

By 
Helen Mills
23 March 2016

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.

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Alternatives to custody: national workshops

These workshops, held on 10 June and 23 September, aimed to explore why the UK's substantial use of alternatives to custody in recent years has had no effect on prisoner numbers. We wanted to identify examples of good practice, as...

16 October 2015