Some basic maths proposes that if an adult defendant in a magistrates court receives a sentence of seven months, for even a driving offence, the consequence will be potential unemployment for eight times that, under the current law forcing disclosure of convictions to employers.
This project aims to identify the options, impacts and issues for impactful sentencing reform intended to reduce the use of short prison sentences.
We're pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £55,676 by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales as part of their new 2020 Criminal Justice National Programme.
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...
This week, Matt discusses short-term sentencing reform with our Head of Programmes, Helen Mills.
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...
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.
I’m going to try and look at issues around criminal justice; the linkages between policing and criminal justice and some things that have been going on - that have been going on for some time –...