On 21 May Richard Garside spoke at a 'People's Parliament' event on 'Policing, Prisons and Probation: Current and Future Agendas'. This is a write up of what he said.
Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, gets his facts on immigation and crime from the ITV drama documentary 'Fraud Squad'.
We know this because he uses an episode broadcast in April 2012 in his full-page 'open letter' advert in today's Daily Telegraph, to back up the claim that '92% of all ATM crime in London is committed by Romanians'.
There is no getting away from the awfulness of what unfolded yesterday at Corpus Christi Catholic College. The fatal stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire was a shocking event.
A much respected public servant, committed to one of the most important responsibilities of all - educating the next generation - killed in distressing circumstances in front of a number of her students and colleagues.
We know a lot less about trends in violence than we think and our explanations for their rises and falls are not up to much either, Richard Garside argues.
During March we held two really interesting and challenging Justice Matters events.
On Monday, 24th March we held the 'Justice Matters partners' event, focusing on the initiative as a whole. Though relatively small in number, the discussion among those who attended was excellent.
My colleague Will McMahon introduced the thinking behind the Justice Matters initiative. You can read what he said here.
'Government spends £187 billion on goods and services with third parties each year, around half of which is estimated to be on contracted out services'. So claims a report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), published last week, on the contracting out of public services to the private sector.
'Estimated' is the operative word here, for a cloak of secrecy shrouds government contracts. As the PAC notes in its report:
The third in an annual series by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, supported by the Hadley Trust, tracking year-on-year developments in criminal justice and social welfare across the UK. Combining analysis of the main developments with key data on issues such as spending, staffing and the numbers going through the criminal justice system, UK Justice Policy Review offers an accessible overview of UK-wide developments.
Richard Garside discusses his recent appearance before the House of Commons Justice Committee. He argues that the United Kingdom’s over-reliance on policing, prosecution and punishment is socially harmful and economically wasteful. There are more just and effective ways to make us safer.
The government's plans for probation privatisation are likely to founder on the rocks of implementation, Richard Garside argues.