Police officers are concerned their work won’t get picked up by other struggling public services, argues Richard Garside. But that’s for politicians to deal with.
UK Justice Policy Review
Politics and controversy have dogged the outgoing Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House, former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP writes. His successor should come from within Police Scotland.
Slashing police budgets provides us with the opportunity to rebalance public policy, writes our Director Richard Garside in an article appearing in The Guardian today.
The generous police spending settlements of the last Labour government fuelled police mission creep into almost all areas of public service, crowding out other responses to a range of social problems, Richard argues.
The ongoing decline in police numbers presents us with an opportunity to rebalance public policy, our director Richard Garside writes in a letter published in today's Guardian.
A decade of generous police budgets up to the 2010 General Election, Richard argues, was 'disastrous for a balanced approach to public policy':
Despite recent controversy over Police Scotland, its creation was long overdue, argues former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP.
In April the Centre's Director Richard Garside took our recent publication, The coalition years, out on the road to Edinburgh, presenting at an Open University Scotland seminar.
The deployment of Public Defender Service lawyers to beat a solicitors boycott shows how austerity can make for some surprising political choices
You might have noticed that our work has been getting some media coverage recently. An analysis of government spending data by our Research and Policy Assistant, Matt Ford, published on 25 June, was picked up by a number of news outlets.
The analysis found that G4S and Serco are still being paid millions for providing electronic tagging equipment to the Ministry of Justice, despite being under criminal investigation for overcharging when they ran the contracts.
Controversial security companies G4S and Serco received more than seven pounds in every ten spent by the government on prison and probation-related contracts in the four years to April 2014, according to new research by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies published today. The research, published in the fourth edition of UK Justice Policy Review, is based on analysis of Ministry of Justice transparency data.
The fourth in an annual series by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, supported by The Hadley Trust, tracking 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.