Our work in the news

We've had a busy few weeks in the media, making interventions on a range of matters, from youth prisons to criminal records, knife violence, to the state of the probation service.

Last week, Richard, our Director, told The Times newspaper (£) that the government should end the 'failed' secure training centres experiment and close...

29 November 2017

London Mayor writes to us about Holloway prison plans

In October, we called on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to bid for the now closed Holloway prison site, in a joint letter signed by several other organisations and individuals.

In the letter, we argued that a successful bid 'could set a benchmark for the disposal of prison sites and public land in London and across the country'.

On 10 November, Mr Khan announced, via...

24 November 2017

Welcome for Mayor's intervention in Holloway site sale

We have today welcomed the intervention by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the planned sale of the former Holloway prison site. News of his intervention came via the Mayor's twitter account this afternoon, after he posted a letter he sent to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington....

10 November 2017

We call on London Mayor to bid for Holloway prison

We have written to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, urging him to consider purchasing the Holloway prison site in Islington N7.

The ten acre site is currently being marketed for sale by GVA Bilfinger on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the deadline for bids is 15 November.

The letter...

18 October 2017

Jeremy Corbyn: Holloway Prison must not become luxury flats

Jeremy Corbyn has said that he hopes to attend a march taking place in Holloway, this Saturday, calling on the government to build council housing rather than luxury flats on the site of HMP Holloway.

Speaking to the press, the Labour leader, in whose constituency the prison is based said...

12 May 2016

Criminal justice policy and the conference season

Party conference season is a strange time. Politicians who are usually met with venom and disdain are doted on by applauding zealots. So the conditions are not usually very conducive to hugely...

15 October 2014

Criminal justice harsher and more punitive than ever

Alarming reading in The Daily Telegraph this morning, at least for those who want to see more people sent to prison and for longer.

I am not one of those people. I am in favour of...

8 January 2014

Go-ahead given for £250m 'supersize prison' to be built

A new 2,000 place prison will be built at Wrexham, giving rise to concerns that it will lead the way to more low-cost supersize prisons being built in future. Chris Grayling, the Justice Minister, has cited Oakwood as example where the...