Police disbelieve victims with mental health problems

More than one third of victims of crime with mental health problems experienced negative reactions from police officers when they disclosed their condition, according to new research (£) published in the latest issue of Centre's academic journal, The British Journal of Criminology (BJC).

Many also reported not being believed. One female, a victim of partner violence, anti-social behaviour, threats and harassment, told researchers:

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.

Regardless of the balance sheet on his time in office, the appointment of Liz Truss affords a welcome opportunity for a rethink of his plans for "Reform Prisons".

Policing the crisis

Last month our Senior Policy Associate Rebecca Roberts attended the 'Policing the crisis' conference organised by Defend the Right to Protest. She spoke about criminal justice in times of austerity. 

The conference brought together activists, writers, lawyers and researchers to focus on civil liberties, the criminalisation of protest, and the racist demonisation of suspect communities. Selected footage of the conference is now available to watch on Youtube.


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