News

Letter to Justice Secretary on prison jobs bonanza claim

Our Director, Richard Garside, has written to the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, calling for her to publish a secret Ministry of Justice report on the economic impact of new prisons.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice announced plans to build four new prisons in Yorkshire, Wigan,...

24 March 2017
News

Truss fires starting gun on new era of prison growth

Today's prisons White Paper marks the beginning of a new era of prison expansion and is the opposite of what is needed, according to our Director Richard Garside. Richard said:

Liz Truss is today firing the starting gun on a new era of prison growth and more punishment.

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3 November 2016
News

Too many vulnerable people being criminalised

Far too many vulnerable people are being drawn into the justice system, the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Claire Sugden, told our conference on the UK justice systems on Wednesday.

Speaking at Criminal...

21 October 2016
News

Caution needed over problem-solving courts

Caution is needed over plans to extend the use of so-called 'problem-solving courts', if they are not to become problem-creating courts, our Director Richard Garside said today.

Richard was reacting to a call from more than 30 criminal justice professionals, in letter...

13 October 2016
Comment

Five prisoners a day

The state of the prison system in England and Wales is so grim, so awful, it is easy to feel at a loss over where to start and what to do about it.

Earlier this week the Prisons and...

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Richard Garside
23 September 2016
News

Welcome for rethink on reform prison plans

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Director, Richard Garside, has welcomed hints that the new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, might be rethinking plans for 'reform prisons'.

Speaking yesterday at the House of Commons Justice Committee, Liz Truss said that she was not yet ready to...

8 September 2016
News

Comment on Justice and Home Secretary appointments

Commenting on the appointment of Liz Truss as Justice Secretary our Director, Richard Garside, said:

Liz Truss' predecessor, Michael Gove, seems destined to go down as the great prison reformer whose career was ended before he had time to disappoint prison reformers.

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