Community punishments do not have a significant impact on crime rates, but neither does prison, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay writes
The bobby on the beat is an anachronism, argues Professor Tim Hope
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.
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;
This is the text of the speech our Director Richard Garside gave at the University of Kent on current developments in criminal justice and the legacy of the coalition
In advance of today's spending review, David Walker writing in The Guardian is critical of the Treasury for its focus on the short- term. He says that even Conservatives who support cuts to government spending have been critical of the 'ramshackle way the review has been carried out'.
The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, has appeared on Sunday Politics South West in a feature about cuts to Devon and Cornwall police.
'Against the background of what have been very generous budget increases to the police all through to 2010 and the decade leading up to the 2010 General Election, the cuts are actually not that significant and I think are perfectly achievable.'
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 for petrol.
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 The Telegraph.
The report says:
Policing in five years' time is likely to look different to now: smaller, less costly and perhaps less visible.
Roger Grimshaw questions why the police are calling for more stop and search activity to reduce knife crime.