Community sentences report launched in the House of Lords

Community sentences report launched in the House of Lords

Last week we launched our latest research report “Community sentences: where did it all go wrong?” at an event in the House of Lords. Hosted by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, former Lord Chancellor and first Secretary of State for Justice, we set out the...
Crisis of confidence

Crisis of confidence

Twenty years ago, youth justice reform was high on the political agenda. It even made the now infamous 1997 Labour pledge card. But in this year’s general election you can expect little in the way of discussion about criminal justice in any form. Despite recent rises...
Liz Truss’ speech on prison reform: a mixed bag

Liz Truss’ speech on prison reform: a mixed bag

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss has just given her first major policy speech on prison reform to launch the Ministry of Justice’s new White Paper. Arguably her first goal was to restore a sense of purpose and direction, following some early mis-steps, including an...
HMP Spin

HMP Spin

Devising a ‘handling strategy’, particularly for a prime ministerial announcement is a test of anyone’s mettle. It stretches relations between journalist and adviser, and calls for a large amount of trust and a certain amount of luck. Like a complicated dessert...
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...