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Continued inaction is risking lives of prisoners and staff

‘Our government must do more’ said Richard Garside in an interview with The Guardian today.

He continued, ‘If you set out to create an institution with the express intent of concentrating and transmitting Covid-19, it would probably look much like a prison.’

At least 10,000 to 15,000 prisoners need to be released from the prison system, to allow for single cells, but the...

21 April 2020
News

Responding to the coronavirus crisis

In a new comment piece, our director Richard Garside sets out some of the ways we plan to respond to the growing coronavirus crisis in prisons.

'If an institution was to be invented with the express intention of maximising the spread of coronavirus, and of concentrating it among those most likely to be vulnerable to it', Richard writes, 'that institution would probably look much like a prison.'

Richard's article covers some of...

27 March 2020
News

Fundamental rethink of prisons policy needed

Our Director, Richard Garside, yesterday called for a fundamental rethink of prisons policy after the release of a damning report from the National Audit Office. 

Released today, the report concluded that the prison service was failing to provide a safe, secure and decent prison estate.

He said: 

On just about every measure, the current 

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7 February 2020
Comment

More police, more prosecutions, more punishment

To 1945, 1979 and 1997 might be added 2019: a pivotal General Election with the potential to reshape policy and politics in the UK for a generation.

By 
Richard Garside
18 December 2019
Comment

Looking back on the establishment of Drug Science

I first came across David Nutt in July 2007, when he spoke at a conference called ‘Criminal Justice and Social Justice’, which the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held at King’s College London. David spoke on the subject of ‘Why adopt a harm approach in relation to drugs?’.

By 
Richard Garside
5 October 2019
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Richard Garside

Richard is the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

He joined to the Centre in 2003 to set up an the 'Crime and Society Foundation' project, having secured a major grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Crime and Society Foundation sought to explore the role and limitations of approaches to social problems based on criminalisation and...
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Prison violence and the limits of reform

In May last year I was among more than a hundred organisational representatives who trooped over to the (unfortunately named given current events in Syria and Iraq) Isis youth prison in south east London.

By 
Richard Garside
4 July 2019