Government backdown on short sentences?

Our Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in The Times (paywall) on Justice Secretary David Gauke's recently announced prison reform plans.

In the wake of recent deaths from knife violence reported in the media, the Justice Secretary appears to be diluting his proposals to abolish short-term sentences, after facing pressure from the Prime Minister. At the weekend No. 10 said that both short and long-term sentences would be necessary...

12 March 2019

This week in media appearances

It's been a busy week for our Director, Richard Garside, who has given his comments on a range of criminal justice issues. 

In Tuesday's GuardianRichard drew light on the geographical clustering of knife violence in an article by Jamie Grierson...

8 March 2019

Knife crime: a national emergency?

The Centre's director, Richard Garside, commented on knife crime trends and measures to tackle violence in yesterday's Guardian

Richard said it was inaccurate to describe the spate of knife crime as a national emergency, adding: 

It’s a very small number of the general population that’s either being victimised by this or in fear of their lives. It’s why these incidents seem quite shocking and why

1 March 2019

Has there been a surge in knife crime?

We’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about a ‘surge’ in knife crime, so let’s have a look at the data and see what’s going on.

When you hear people...

Matt Ford
13 December 2018

Young people, violence and knives - revisiting the evidence and policy discussions

It builds on an earlier review of evidence of effective strategies for addressing gun and knife crime, published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in 2009. The briefing covers four main areas. First, it examines trends in knife-related violence across England and Wales. It concludes that...