Yesterday we held a really interesting roundtable on the effectiveness of stop and search on crime levels. The event was part of our UK Justice Policy Review programme which provides analysis of criminal justice policy developments through a series of briefings, annual reviews and events.
Both our Director and Trustee have been quoted in The Economist in an article about the continued use of the gang matrix by the Metropolitan Police.
The gang matrix has received national press coverage this week after Amnesty International produced a report highlighting the high numbers of ethnic minorities on the matrix.
Amnesty International has, this week, accused the Metropolitan Police of violating the human rights of predominantly black boys and men through continued use of the gang violence matrix.
The report references our research from 2016 with Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams, Dangerous Associations: Joint Enterprise, Gangs and Racism.
Our Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, has written two articles published in Verso and Jacobin.
For Verso, Connor responds to Alex S Vitale's The End of Policing and asks, 'When, if ever, is it justified for the state to surveil, infiltrate and repress political movements'?
Imran Khan, the Lawrence family solicitor, has written an article in response to the BBC's three-part documentary on Stephen Lawrence's murder, 'Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation'.
In The Guardian article, Khan questions whether anything has changed within the Metropolitan Police since Stephen Lawrence's murder in 1993 and emphasises how much work is to be done to shape a racially just society and police force.
After Alex S Vitale's appearance at Conway Hall last week to launch his new book, The End of Policing, our Research Fellow Connor Woodman and Novara's Sam Swann discuss with Alex the role of police in society and ask what the alternatives might be.
Listen to the podcast here.
Will McMahon has been left profoundly uncomfortable by the revelations in our latest briefing
Over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies co-sponsored the 'Subversion, sabotage, and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK' conference in London.
The conference focused on two main themes:
Will Jackson discusses the police response to the Barton Moss protests
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.