The Prime Minister and Justice Secretary prefer to play at being prison reformers, rather than doing the hard work involved, argues Richard Garside
The prison and probation systems in England and Wales are facing major challenges, writes Richard Garside
An article by our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, unpacking Justice Secretary Michael Gove's talk of prison reform has been published in The Justice Gap.
The article argues that a strategy of expansive prison privatisation is being couched in the language of reform in order to garner support for the policy from the penal reform sector.
The Independent has today published a letter by our Director, Richard Garside, calling for an end to the unnecessary imprisonment of tens of thousands of fellow citizens.
Government and opposition are more comfortable with the failed criminal justice policies of the past than developing ones relevant to today, argues the Centre’s director Richard Garside
The Centre's Deputy Director, Will McMahon, and Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, have warned that David Cameron's recent speech on prison reform signals a move towards the expansion and privatisation of criminal justice, rather than a serious attempt to address the problems in the system, or society more broadly.
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has responded to the latest speech from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on plans to reform the prison system;
Richard Garside, Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, said:
The outgoing Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, has told The Guardian that former Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, tried to prevent him from publishing criticisms of government policies. The Chief Inspector of Prisons' Annual Report 2013-14 blamed a surge in self-inflicted deaths, suicides and assaults in prisons on policies and decisions made by the Ministry of Justice.