Richard Garside

New Chair of Trustees

We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Weinberg, the Executive Director of Safe Ground, has been elected as our new Chair of Trustees.

Charlotte replaces Liz Hill, who is stepping down after seven years as Chair. Liz will remain as a Trustee.

Outgoing Chair of Trustees, Liz Hill, said:

New Year message

Looking ahead to 2017, our Director Richard Garside said:

There is a growing consensus that criminal justice is not working.

Thousands of our fellow citizens are unnecessarily imprisoned each year, often in squalid conditions. Probation in England and Wales is in a mess following an ill-conceived privatisation. All too often, gaps in other services are leaving the police to act as social service of last resort.

Downsizing prison the reform challenge of this generation

The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, today said that a major prison downsizing programme was the reform challenge of this generation.

His comments came in reaction to a call by senior politicians for the prison population to be halved. The call was made by the former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, the former Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, and the former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, in the letter published today in The Times newspaper.

Time for a rethink as probation crisis deepens

The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, has today called on the government to get a grip on the problem of a rapidly deteriorating probation service.

His call comes in response to the latest report from the Probation Inspectorate, into probation work in North London.

The Inspectorate found that the service had deteriorated since its previous inspection in 2014, prior to the 'Transforming Rehabilitation' privatisation of probation.

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