Change has swept the United Kingdom criminal justice systems over recent years. The election of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in May 2010 drew a line under the generous budgets of the New Labour period. Austerity and cuts became the new reality. Across England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, different solutions to common criminal justice challenges emerged.
Last night the Centre's director, Richard Garside, was interviewed on BBC Newsnight on the issue of police bail. He argued that police should not blame cuts for the problems with bail. He said;
'The police remain a very well resourced public service. In the decade to 2010, police funding went up in real terms by 50%.'
Two weeks ago our Director, Richard Garside, wrote to Andrew Selous MP, the Minister for prisons, probation and rehabilitation, about the government's secure college proposal.
The Minister has now replied. His letter can be downloaded below.
In his letter Mr Selous:
Senior police officers have failed in their duty to uphold the rule of law in their reaction to the release of Harry Roberts, argues Richard Garside.
Following a letter published last week in the Daily Telegraph against the 'warehousing' of young people, we were one of a number of organisations invited to attend a meeting at the Ministry of Justice on 21 October 2014.
Richard Garside writes on the challenges involved in explaining criminal justice developments across the United Kingdom and asks for views and ideas.
Richard Garside argues for the need to take seriously the relationship between penal regimes and wider social structures
Richard Garside questions the risk factor prevention paradigm
Richard Garside discusses the implications of post general election spending cuts
Government is likely to miss opportunities to scale back criminal justice, argues Richard Garside.