Last weekend's reannouncement of plans to waste £2.5 billion building four new prisons brings home just how deeply entrenched prisons are as social institutions.
Over 60 per cent of all those sentenced to prison in England and Wales are subject to a sentence of less than a year. The vast majority are sentenced to less than six months in custody.
At our final webinar on socially-distanced justice last week, Adam Elliott-Cooper of The Monitoring Group and the University of Greenwich spoke about the demands being made by the black lives matter protestors.
Which European states have restricted prison sentencing in response to COVID-19?
COVID-19 means we are going to have to do things differently. Prison sentencing included.
How do European states compare with England and Wales?
In the last few days, the Ministry of Justice has announced the temporary release of women who are pregnant or in mother and baby units.
In a few short weeks, we have all had to adjust to a very different reality.
This project aims to identify the options, impacts and issues for impactful sentencing reform intended to reduce the use of short prison 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...
In 2010 the Scottish Government legislated for a presumption against sentences of less than three months. Six months had been sought, but cross-party support was absent for the minority SNP...
As a female serving a suspended sentence and an active voice in the rehabilitation arena, I have direct experience of the oppressive and destructive channels we are forced to overcome. I am self-...