For the next year, I am going to be mapping and investigating the nexus of private, state and voluntary sector interests involved in maintaining and running the criminal justice system in the UK.
A letter by our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, was published in The Guardian newspaper last Thursday.
He was responding to an article by the columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, which argued that corruption was not the preserve of developing countries.
In this Briefing, Dr David Ellis and Professor David Whyte reveal the results of a survey that finds widespread public disquiet at collusive relationships between government and big business.
The British public wants a ban on ‘revolving door’ appointments, where former ministers and civil servants join private companies they have worked closely with while in government. The findings come in a new briefing published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The briefing, called Redefining Corruption, also finds that the public disapprove of the common practice of accountancy firms advising government on tax policies, only to use the insider information gained to help corporate clients avoid paying tax.
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.
Will McMahon and Rebecca Roberts explore the government's penal reform agenda
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 Ministry of Justice paid Serco £1.1 million for running a secure children's unit after it was closed and the remaining children had either been transferred or released, The Guardian reports. Serco ran Hassockfield training centre since it opened in 1999, and continued to receive payments for seven weeks after it closed on 20 November 2014.
Plans for the UK to build a £25 million prison in Jamaica with the capacity to hold 1,500 people were announced by David Cameron today at the start of his visit to the Caribbean island, the BBC reports. The prison will hold Jamaican nationals convicted of breaking the law in the UK.
The news came as David Cameron rejected calls from Jamaican MPs and campaigners for the UK to pay reparations for the slave trade it ran in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Cameron said that Jamaica should 'move on from this painful legacy'.