Professor Paul Senior of the Hallam Centre for Community Justice and Sheffield Hallam University argues that the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda is risky, misguided and evidence free.
Richard Garside examines the thinking behind the launch of the competition for probation contracts in England and Wales.
Richard Garside discusses Prison Minister Crispin Blunt's latest speech on the rehabilitation revolution and asks whether results really are the only thing that matter.
New light is shed on the challenges facing the coalition in reforming the criminal justice system, with the publication of a report by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In a collection of essays by leading thinkers and commentators, the report Lessons for the coalition, critiques the many innovations and the numerous failings on criminal justice during Labour's period in office. It also offers pointers to the coalition government of what not to do and on what needs changing.
The report evaluates the criminal justice record of the Conservative-led coalition since it was formed after the May 2010 election. It examines its overall promises and performance, and focuses on some key topics of penal policy, assessing the heralded 'rehabilitation revolution', marketisation and drug control.
In his first speech as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Ken Clarke set out the government's plans for criminal justice reform at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.