Project

Short prison sentencing

This project aims to identify the options, impacts and issues for impactful sentencing reform intended to reduce the use of short prison sentences.

There has been a lot of recent interest in this policy area. Last year, Scotland extended its presumption against short prison sentences. In England and Wales, plans to restrict sentencers' access to short term imprisonment were mooted but failed to progress. The case for reform has been made on...
12 February 2020
News

Our Director in The Times

Government proposals to scrap automatic release of prisoners halfway through their sentences is today being discussed in parliament. 

The proposed legislation, if successful, will apply to offenders who have committed serious violent and sexual offences, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment and given a fixed term of seven years or more. These prisoners will serve two-thirds of their sentence before being automatically...

22 January 2020
News

In the news this week

Our Director, Richard Garside, has been quoted in the New York Times and The Times this week.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on London Bridge last week by Usman Khan, The New York Times quoted Richard on sentencing policy. On the controversy surrounding Mr...

3 December 2019
News

Government backdown on short sentences?

Our Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in The Times (paywall) on Justice Secretary David Gauke's recently announced prison reform plans.

In the wake of recent deaths from knife violence reported in the media, the Justice Secretary appears to be diluting his proposals to abolish short-term sentences, after facing pressure from the Prime Minister. At the weekend No. 10 said that both short and long-term sentences would be necessary...

12 March 2019
Comment

Police, prisons and crime rates

The man with a hammer tends to see every problem as a nail. By the same token, the think tank in search of prison as the answer to crime will surely find it.

By 
Richard Garside
11 July 2012
Publication

Crime, persistent offenders and the justice gap

Crime, persistent offenders and the justice gap begins by outlining the problem of ‘attrition’ in the criminal justice system. Attrition refers to the gap between levels of known crime and the response of the criminal justice system in terms of prosecutions, convictions and sentencing. As this...
By 
Richard Garside
22 October 2004
Publication

Scoping study on a community based centre for male adult offenders with multiple needs

This report sets out the results of a scoping study. Chapter one provides the context examining the current sentencing framework and the commissioning structures being created by the National Offender Management Service. Chapter two reviews the needs of offenders with multiple needs and considers...