Why the rise in recorded violence matters

Why the rise in recorded violence matters

Today’s crime statistics show overall crime continuing to fall – down by a further 7 per cent – as measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). Despite the continuing omission of online crimes from the survey (which the ONS promise will eventually be...
The referendum debate: safer in or out?

The referendum debate: safer in or out?

On Sunday, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, opened up a new flank in the ‘Brexit’ argument: that staying in the European Union (EU) would leave us vulnerable to Paris-style terrorist attacks. This followed several days of briefing from Number Ten...
A 20 year sentence – policy behind Cameron’s prison speech

A 20 year sentence – policy behind Cameron’s prison speech

Monday’s speech on prisons by David Cameron is a significant event in and of itself coming as it does two decades on from the last time a Prime Minister gave an address on this subject. Ever since a young Tony Blair tore into Ken Clarke for being ‘soft’ on crime, the...
Why we need a different discussion about crime

Why we need a different discussion about crime

Yesterday the latest set of crime figures were published, triggering a well established and familiar process. First out of the traps are the Home Office, publishing a press release welcoming the figures and heralding the success of the government’s programme of...
How low will Gove go?

How low will Gove go?

The Times splash yesterday on Michael Gove’s plans to review sentencing paints a picture of an ambitious and confident Justice Secretary, willing to make tough (and potentially unpopular) decisions for the long-term good of the criminal justice system. Having been in...