UK Justice Policy Review

Criminal justice faces perfect storm of cuts and overstretch

Criminal justice agencies across the UK face a perfect storm of growing demand and shrinking budgets by the time of the next General Election, according to new analysis by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

A rising prison population – set to top 100,000 by 2020 – and inadequate legal aid funding are just two of the threats facing the delivery of justice across the UK, the Centre reports.

UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 5

The fifth in an annual series by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, supported by The Hadley Trust, assessing year-on-year developments in criminal justice and social welfare across the UK.

Combining analysis of the main developments with key data on issues such as spending, staffing and the numbers going through the criminal justice system, UK Justice Policy Review offers an accessible overview of UK-wide developments.

This edition of UKJPR covers the final year of coalition government and the transition to the new Conservative administration.

Grayling tried to interfere with inspection reports

The outgoing Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, has told The Guardian that former Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, tried to prevent him from publishing criticisms of government policies. The Chief Inspector of Prisons' Annual Report 2013-14 blamed a surge in self-inflicted deaths, suicides and assaults in prisons on policies and decisions made by the Ministry of Justice. 

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