As David Lammy's recent report makes clear, the problem of racial bias in the criminal justice system starts with the police
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies today welcomed news that police officer numbers in England and Wales were at their lowest level since 1985.
The news came in the latest police workforce report, released today by the Home Office, covering the twelve month period to 31 March 2017.
Our senior policy associate, Rebecca Roberts, has a piece in today's Independent, which questions the value of increasing police officer numbers.
In the aftermath of the UK general election and following a series of horrific terrorist attacks, there have been growing calls for better resourcing of the police. With the consensus about austerity starting to crumble Rebecca argues that we should use it as an opportunity to re-think how we organise and fund public services.
This UK Justice Policy Review Focus scrutinises some key manifesto pledges in the area on the police, prisons and drugs policy
Will McMahon calls for investment in social work and mental health services rather than the police
Reacting to new research suggesting that police body-worn cameras reduce complaints against the police, our Director Richard Garside said,
'I welcome this research, which adds to the growing evidence in support of the use of police body-worn cameras.
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:
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".
Over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016, the Centre's co-sponsored conference 'Subversion, sabotage, and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK' took place.
Video footage from the entire conference can now be viewed online here.
The conference focused on two main issues:
An article about our forthcoming conference on police spying and state racism appeared in The Guardian today.
The two-day conference, on 16 and 17 April, will hear from a number speakers, including Baroness Doreen Lawrence and John McDonnell MP, who will examine the role and impact of undercover policing and the surveillance of campaign groups.