Impact of alternatives to custody examined

The relationship between sentencing practices and the official crime rate was discussed last week at a packed event hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

The event – Alternatives to custody: Data and policy perspectives – was organised jointly with the...

25 April 2016

Digging into the data on crime and punishment

This is the first of four pieces we are publishing, the product of a partnership with the University of Birmingham, discussing correlations between police recorded crime, criminal justice activity...

15 January 2016

Alternatives to custody event in Birmingham

On Friday, 25 September, the preliminary findings of research led by economist Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay on the relative effectiveness of non-custodial sentences will be presented at a workshop at the University of Birmingham. 

There will also be talks by:

  • Zoe Stephenson and
  • ...
26 August 2015

Hundred-year sentences ignore both logic and evidence

There is a shaky evidence base for incredibly long sentences (100 years plus), Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Birmingham argues in a recent post on The Conversation.

Following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that life...

9 January 2014

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.