And the fact of the matter is…

And the fact of the matter is…

Earlier this month the New York Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, announced that his officers were going to stop people sleeping on the city’s subway system. Not rough sleeping, just sleeping – tired shift workers, exhausted parents dozing on the way home etc. It was...
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...
The Batman and Robin of criminal justice

The Batman and Robin of criminal justice

Batman and Robin, Ant and Dec, Torville and Dean, Ben and Jerry, Thelma and Louise. Great partnership working makes it all look so easy. If only it was so easy for the rest of us. Partnership working is, normally, not that interesting. And so, the latest inspection of...
Latest crime statistics: what the headlines aren’t telling you

Latest crime statistics: what the headlines aren’t telling you

Today’s figures should not be over-interpreted. We are still safer than we were 20 years ago. But the shift of crime online and the rise in complex violent offences is putting the criminal justice system (CJS) under considerable pressure. The heart of the problem is...