News

In the news this week

Our Director, Richard Garside, has been quoted in the New York Times and The Times this week.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on London Bridge last week by Usman Khan, The New York Times quoted Richard on sentencing policy. On the controversy surrounding Mr...

3 December 2019
Comment

Meeting Nala

I recently re-read Peggy Giodano's important scholarly work, Legacies of Crime, which explores the lives of seriously delinquent girls and boys in the United States who were followed over a 20-year period as they grew to adulthood. A book that left an abiding impression on my understanding of how some women become embroiled in the criminal justice system.

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
3 December 2019
Project

The future of probation

We are working with a network of professional groups, trade unions and civil society organisations to press for an improved structure and working arrangements for the probation service.

Led by the Probation Institute , and with the informal title of the Probation Alliance, the initiative is pressing for the reunification of probation, and the recreation of of publicly-owned service, following the disastrous part-privatisation under the former coalition government. The Alliance...
News

State is failing young people leaving custody

Youth resettlement – final report into work in the communitythe latest report from HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons, has prompted calls for more support for young people released from custody. Our Director, Richard Garside is amongst those calling for the state to address it failures. 

The report found that children leaving custody are not being given adequate support as they re-integrate back into life in the community. Both ITV News...

8 October 2019
Comment

The tantalising hope of recovery

Mike Guilfoyle remembers 'Blaine', a former client trying to overcome alcoholism whilst on probation

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 October 2019
News

Centre's Director in the Morning Star

Our Director, Richard Garside, commented on public probation services in Wales after Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey had praised their leadership.

This comes in contrast to the criticism faced by community rehabilitation companies which a number of leading criminal justice experts, including Richard, have called to be taken back into public hands. ...

18 April 2019
Comment

Ambiguous endings to a supervisory experience

Although it now seems like a distant reflection, I was minded to recall working with Paola (not her real name) whilst reading an impressively moving...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 April 2019