This is the text of the speech our Director Richard Garside gave at the University of Kent on current developments in criminal justice and the legacy of the coalition
An unquestioning defence of police budgets makes it harder to address the many real social challenges that currently receive an inadequate criminal justice response, argues Richard Garside
The Centre's Director, Richard Garside, has appeared on Sunday Politics South West in a feature about cuts to Devon and Cornwall police.
'Against the background of what have been very generous budget increases to the police all through to 2010 and the decade leading up to the 2010 General Election, the cuts are actually not that significant and I think are perfectly achievable.'
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has set out his priorities for the Spending Review and identified the country's prisons 'as an example of one public service badly in need of reform'.
Mr Osborne called for a need to focus on rehabilitation and training – to be pursued by Justice Secretary, Michael Gove. He also announced a prison building programme:
The Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Lynne Owens, yesterday told the House of Commons Home Affairs Commitee that the police were 'not a civil debt recovery agency'.
She made the remarks in exchanges over whether the police should routinely pursue motorists who drive off without paying for petrol.
An article published by The Economist recommends that Michael Gove looks to Scotland for examples of 'progressive' prison policy.
The article explains that Scotland is less punitive in its approach with a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and community sentences.
Michael Gove is a refreshing change from his predecessor as Justice Secretary, Richard Garside writes. But he should leave out the God-talk.
Police officers are concerned their work won’t get picked up by other struggling public services, argues Richard Garside. But that’s for politicians to deal with.
On Friday, 25 September, the preliminary findings of research led by economist Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay on the relative effectiveness of non-custodial sentences will be presented at a workshop at the University of Birmingham.
There will also be talks by:
The deployment of Public Defender Service lawyers to beat a solicitors boycott shows how austerity can make for some surprising political choices