On Monday 23 March 2015 we launched The coalition years, our review of criminal justice developments across the United Kingdom since 2010. The report highlights profound differences in approaches to policing, prisons and community supervision across the United Kingdom.
UK Justice Policy Review
In this speech to our 'Criminal justice since 2010' conference on 23 March, our Director, Richard Garside, explains why the United Kingdom's three criminal justice jurisdictions have pursued different approaches to criminal justice policy-making since 2010.
Change has swept the United Kingdom criminal justice systems over recent years. The election of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in May 2010 drew a line under the generous budgets of the New Labour period. Austerity and cuts became the new reality. Across England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, different solutions to common criminal justice challenges emerged.
Five years on from the last General Election, a major assessment by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies of criminal justice reforms has found that policy across the United Kingdom’s nations and regions is more divergent than ever.
Kenny MacAskill MSP, Scottish Justice Secretary between 2007 and 2014, explains how the Scottish Government reversed the policy of prison privatisation in Scotland.
There's only one month to go until our all-day conference, 'Criminal justice since 2010. What happened? What next?' on Monday 23 March. It forms part of our Uk Justice Policy Review programme of activities supported by the Hadley Trust. The conference will assess the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examine the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election.
Last week the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee held an evidence session on the benefit sanctions scheme. The government was urged to suspend the sanctions regime pending a review of its impact – especially on the mentally ill and disabled, reports The Guardian.
The Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales, Tom Winsor, was yesterday reappointed for a further five year term, apparently without the post being advertised. The Home Secretary Theresa May said that 'Mr Winsor has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Inspectorate is able to successfully shine a light on policing outcomes and value for money'.
Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, took to Twitter today to announce that he wouldn't be reapplying for his job.
Nick Hardwick: Told MoJ ministers & officials I won't be reapplying for my post. Cant be independent of people you are asking for a job.
— HMI Prisons (@HMIPrisonsnews) December 2, 2014