We've had a busy few weeks in the media, making interventions on a range of matters, from youth prisons to criminal records, knife violence, to the state of the probation service.
The controversial security company G4S should be stripped of its contract to run Oakhill secure training centre, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, said today, following a damning Ofsted report on the institution.
Richard also called for the government to close the three secure training centres – Medway, Oakhill and Rainsbrook – as part of a plan to end the imprisonment of children.
Our Director Richard Garside today welcomed remarks by the Chair of the all-party group on knife crime that tackling knife violence was a health and education challenge, not a police issue.
The remarks by Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, came in an interview with The Guardian. She also called for a 10-year, cross-governmental strategy to tackle the problem.
As David Lammy's recent report makes clear, the problem of racial bias in the criminal justice system starts with the police
Richard, our Director, yesterday debated David Lammy's review of racial bias in the criminal justice system with former Deputy Mayor for London, Munira Mirza.
The debate forms part of this week's podcast from The Spectator magazine.
Richard pointed out that Lammy's terms of reference prevented him from examining police activity in any detail, despite the fact that most of the biases and disproportionalities in the system begin with policing.
The Ministry of Justice should consult widely and transparently with public sector, private sector and civil society organisations on plans to electronically monitor those under a criminal sanction, if it is to avoid the waste and chaos that characterised attempts to develop a new satellite-enabled GPS tag. Parliament should also investigate the 'vast waste of time, energy and money' expended by the Ministry of Justice as its unrealistic programme lurched from one crisis to another.
Speech given to the Youth crime and public policy interventions conference, University of Surrey, Friday, 4 July 2017
Our Director, Richard Garside, today called on the Ministry of Justice to scrap its 'vanity project' GPS tagging programme, and focus its energies on more pressing problems, such as the prisons and probation crises.
His call came in response to a damning National Audit Office report on the new generation electronic monitoring programme.
Among the report's findings were that the programme was:
Our director Richard Garside is quoted in a Guardian story this morning over the award of a £25m tagging contract to the controversial private security company, G4S.
Under the contract, the company will supply equipment for the new generation of GPS tags to monitor the movements of convicted offenders.
G4S is currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations that it overcharged on a previous monitoring contract.