Beyond Govism

According to liberal commentators, Michael Gove's speech on penal reform at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, and his subsequent announcement that HMP Holloway was to close, will...

14 December 2015

Better an ideologue than a barbarian

That an air of cautious optimism has attended Michael Gove's appointment as Justice Secretary is in no small part down to his predecessor.

Chris Grayling was, by some distance, the worst...

9 October 2015

Imposing austerity through nationalisation

Faced with a barristers' boycott last year in a dispute over legal aid fees, the then Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, underwent what appeared to be an unlikely political conversion.


6 July 2015

Sharp rise in proportion of young BME prisoners

The proportion of black and ethnic minority children and young people held in the youth justice system has increased sharply over the last decade, according to an analysis by ...

30 June 2015


Tammy McGloughlin and Richard Garside introduce this issue of cjm We have reached a milestone. This is the 100th issue of Criminal Justice Matters. The magazine has changed against a generation of political and policy developments which we have tracked in a number of ways in the magazine, with...
cjm 100: Criminal justice since 2010

'Shameful crime' with more than 66,000 girls at risk

A coalition of global charities and campaigners are urging Michael Gove to write to the leaders of all primary and secondary schools to highlight the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Campaigners have called for more accurate data to reflect the number of victims, but it is...

6 February 2014

Gove is ‘wrecking’ education

Mike Nicholson, admissions chief at the University of Oxford, has warned that Michael Gove’s exam reforms will ‘wreck’ the English education system, reports...

16 October 2013