Comment

Is Lady Justice blind or just blinkered?

Most people will be familiar with ‘Lady Justice’ – a statue or picture of a woman often blindfolded, holding a set of scales. Lady Justice is intended to represent objectivity...

By 
Rebecca Roberts
19 February 2014
Comment

What bit of criminal justice could you live without?

Men are encouraged to give up shaving for the month of ‘Movember’ - to cultivate their facial fluff in a bid to raise awareness and money for the cause of testicular cancer. ‘Dry...

By 
Rebecca Roberts
18 February 2014
Comment

Punishing women and criminal justice failure

'Taking the most hurt people out of society and punishing them in order to teach them how to live within society is, at best, futile. Whatever else a prisoner knows, she knows

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By 
Laurel Townhead and Rebecca Roberts
5 February 2014

Justice Matters for Women

What is Justice Matters for Women about?

Criminal justice fails women.

Current responses to criminalised women are seriously flawed and harmful to women. Prioritising the criminal justice system in our response to violence against women has undermined the development of more effective ways to address the harms women face.

Comment

Is criminal justice a form of violence against women?

Today is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The purpose of the day is to combat and raise awareness of violence against women.

The...

By 
Rebecca Roberts
25 November 2013
Comment

The struggle? It's only just beginning

The week ending the 25th of October 2013 is memorable to me for a number of reasons.

It was the week in which the ...

By 
Rebecca Roberts
11 November 2013
Publication

Ethnicity, harm and crime: a discussion paper

Discussion papers from a roundtable discussion on ethnicity and social harm the Centre hosted in October 2008. The lead paper by Rebecca Roberts and Will McMahon is available for download, along with response papers by Professors Danny Dorling, James Nazroo and Lucinda Platt.
By 
Rebecca Roberts and Will McMahon
1 October 2008

Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts was Senior Policy Associate until December 2017. In this role she undertook policy development and project oversight. Rebecca's interests include social harm, feminism, abolitionism and alternatives to criminal justice.  

Publication

Reducing the numbers in custody: looking beyond criminal justice solutions

Reducing the numbers in custody argues that the key levers for reducing record high prison numbers are located in wider social and economic policy and not in changes to community sentences or reforms to criminal justice policy. Drawing on respected research and the experiences of campaigners...
By 
Helen Mills and Rebecca Roberts
23 January 2012