Our latest report, out today, reveals new evidence on the extent of unnecessary criminal record checks. Based on Freedom of Information Act requests, Criminal record checks: is the volume of disclosures proportionate?, finds that nearly three quarters of the million or so convictions revealed to employers each year in criminal records checks related to offences that were more than a decade old.
We've had a busy few weeks in the media, making interventions on a range of matters, from youth prisons to criminal records, knife violence, to the state of the probation service.
As the UK begins to change its relationship with the rest of Europe, there has never been a more important time to uphold human rights standards within a principled international framework, argues Roger Grimshaw
Roger Grimshaw writes about the work of the National Preventive Mechanism in preventing torture and mistreatment in custody
In this briefing, Roger Grimshaw reviews and assess the United Kingdom's approach to preventing torture and mistreatment in custody
Roger Grimshaw questions why the police are calling for more stop and search activity to reduce knife crime.
Roger Grimshaw, Research Director, asks if young adults should be able to access public care until they are 25 years-old.
Christopher Stacey argues that rehabilitation for the convicted must mean proper access to opportunities
The aim of prisons in England and Wales is to simultaneously punish and rehabilitate. The same could be said for our criminal justice system as a whole. Looking at these two aims, whether the system ‘measures’ in a real sense how much it punishes individuals is an interesting question, but it certainly tries to measure how much it rehabilitates – primarily through looking at the rates of re-offending.
Roger Grimshaw introduces this issue of cjm
Thanks to support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies produced an evidence review on the links between poverty and institutional care, summarised in a collection of reviews published by the Foundation (Grimshaw et al., 2014; Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2014).