Richard Garside

UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 4

The fourth 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.

Time to demolish Pentonville prison, Centre's director

The Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, today said that Pentonville Prison in North London should be demolished, with affordable housing for Londoners built in its place.

His comments follow another grim report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, which found that prisoners were placed in filthy cells and that levels of violence had almost doubled in under two years.

Richard said:

Police too often playing mental health worker role

A review of mental health crisis care in England and Wales by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that the police are regularly the first point of contact for those in mental distress.

Nightime is often the peak time for acute mental health episodes, the report found, with many mental health services geared to operate during the day. As a result the police were often left operating as first responders to those in crisis.

The police deter crime like nurses deter illness

Our director, Richard Garside, was on The One Show on BBC One yesterday talking about the challenges faced by cuts in police budgets.

'There is no more deterrent from the police just being around,' Richard said, 'than if you have more nurses and people will be deterred from being ill'.

Watch the full piece here.

For more on police budget cuts, read this comment piece by Richard Garside.

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