Digging into the data on crime and punishment

This is the first of four pieces we are publishing, the product of a partnership with the University of Birmingham, discussing correlations between police recorded crime, criminal justice activity...

15 January 2016

Grappling with vomiting binge drinkers

The reaction to the impending prospect of ‘cuts’ in police numbers in the run-up to the recent Comprehensive Spending Review was as obfuscating as it was revealing, for one simple reason: while...

18 December 2015

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...

15 December 2015

'Deplorable' errors in police funding formula

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has criticised the Home Office for serious errors made in the review of the police funding formula. In a report published on Friday 11 December, the committee said;

It is deplorable that Home Office officials made errors in

14 December 2015

Police 'not a civil debt recovery agency'

The Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Lynne Owens, yesterday told the House of Commons Home Affairs Commitee that the police were 'not a civil debt recovery agency'.

She made the remarks in exchanges over whether the police should routinely pursue motorists who drive off without paying...

4 November 2015

Police could become less visible on the streets

Police officers could become less visible on the streets because police forces aren't managing their budgets properly in the face of funding cuts, warns a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, covered in ...

23 October 2015

Met police criticised for 'gang call-in' letter

The Met police attracted criticism after sending a letter to 24 young people in Brent - all believed to be black - demanding they attend a community meeting or be treated like law-breakers,...

23 September 2015