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What are the prospects of short prison sentence reform?

Over 60 per cent of all those sentenced to prison in England and Wales are subject to a sentence of less than a year. The vast majority are sentenced to less than six months in custody.

By 
Helen Mills
2 July 2020
Publication

UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 9

Since 2010, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, with support from The Hadley Trust, has been assessing criminal justice developments across the UK through its UK Justice Policy Review programme. Our latest publication – UK Justice Policy Review , Volume 9 – covers the turbulent period from...
By 
Richard Garside, Roger Grimshaw, Matt Ford, Neala Hickey, Helen Mills
29 June 2020
News

Centre's work cited in House of Commons briefing

Released earlier this week, the briefing on coronavirus in prisons in England and Wales cited an article by our Head of Programmes, Helen Mills. 

The article is one of a two-part series on prison sentencing in the context of the 'new normal' of coronavirus. 

Read the House of Commons briefing on coronavirus in prisons here, and Helen's...

11 June 2020
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Helen Mills

Helen Mills is a Head of Programmes at the Centre. Helen’s work here began in 2008 researching the impact of community sentences (then newly reformed) from which she developed a series of funded publications about strategies to reduce prison numbers and why, despite decades of committed work, there has been apparently very little progress in challenging the expansion of prisons.

Helen’s expertise as a qualitative researcher has delivered a substantial body of work at the Centre, including single authored research publications. She has also led research collaborations with academics and other charities, and conducted a programme of work bringing to light meaningful data...
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UK Justice Policy Review 8 is out now

The eighth edition of UK Justice Policy Review is out now, covering the period from the 2017 General Election to the summer of 2018.

Produced annually, the Review uniquely offers concise coverage of key policy developments in criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

To improve accessibility and raise public awareness of the changing criminal justice landscape, data are presented in a...

16 April 2019
Publication

UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 8

Since 2010, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, with support from The Hadley Trust, has been assessing criminal justice developments across the UK through its UK Justice Policy Review programme. Our latest publication – UK Justice Policy Review , Volume 8 – covers the period from 8 June 2017...
By 
Richard Garside, Roger Grimshaw, Matt Ford, Helen Mills
16 April 2019
Comment

Right to protest threatened by wall of silence

Since the exposure of Mark Kennedy as an undercover officer in the climate change movement in 2011, the spotlight should have been on undercover policing and getting to the bottom of its...

By 
Helen Mills
9 November 2017
News

'Wall of silence’ threatens Undercover Policing Inquiry

The police are building a near 'impenetrable wall of silence' around some of their most secret and harmful practices, according to a new report out today.

The report shows that over six years on from revelations about police infiltration of political activist groups, and more than two years since the establishment of a public inquiry to investigate their activity, little more has come to light about undercover policing practices.

The report...

24 October 2017