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Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Monthly Bulletin: March 2011

Apologies for the delay in receiving the March bulletin. We have had no internet or email access for the last 2 days due to a BT error.

 

This bulletin can also be viewed online at www.crimeandjustice.org.uk.


 

 

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

 

Myths and criminal justice: Distortions surrounding ‘crime’ and who are the ‘criminals’ questioned by experts

Distortions and misrepresentation continue to mislead policy makers, practitioners and the public according to the latest issue of Criminal Justice Matters ‘Myths and criminal justice’. The authors contribute a series of articles debunking the popular myths surrounding who is responsible for harm in society and the reasons behind the public’s fear of what they see as ‘crime’. To download ‘cjm’ click here http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a934552357~frm=titlelink

 

Thinking the unthinkable

In a speech made at the Criminal Justice Under the Coalition Seminar in February the Centre’s director Richard Garside explored the notion of alternative strategies for the criminal justice system by ‘thinking the unthinkable’. A written version is now available here http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/opus1840/Thinking_the_unthinkable.pdfand looks at how the policies of today would have been unthinkable decades ago, and to move forward, the unthinkable needs to happen again.

 

Latest debate on Works for Freedom

Have a read and have your say on the latest blogs at Works for Freedom on: Payment by results in drugs recovery by Marcus Roberts, DrugScope; Working 9-5 in prisons by Joe Black, Campaign Against Prison Slavery; and Rebecca Roberts, senior policy associate, considers whether the new targets to cut re-offending are cause for optimism or concern. Comment here http://www.worksforfreedom.org/infocus.

 

 

OTHER STUFF

 

ASB, the ‘big society’ and public service delivery

Mel Kerrison (project assistant intern) attended a conference at the University of Oxford, on Anti-social behaviour (ASB) and the courts in England and Wales.  Meanwhile Arianna Silvestri (research and policy associate) was at a Public Sector Efficiency conference organised by GovNet that discussed how to reduce costs at a time of increasing demand, as well as the stress put on public service workers.

 

It’s child’s play and young adults

Richard Garside presented at the Transitions to Adulthood national conference on 1 March. The conference looked at the need for a fresh approach to young adults in the criminal justice system. Richard was interviewed on BBC Newsround about the age of criminal responsibility One discerning nine year old told him he was 'using long words I don't understand'. (Sadly, it is not available on iPlayer) Better luck next time.

 

Penal reform

Helen Mills (research and policy associate) has written an article in ‘cjm’ that highlights some of the points in the forthcoming Reform Sector Strategies reports due in May. It can be found here http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a934552357~frm=titlelink.

 

 

COMING UP...

 

Got something to say about justice?

Criminal Justice Matters magazine (cjm) engages critically with research, analysis and policy development on contemporary social justice and criminal justice issues in the UK and abroad. If you have something to say, in a space that welcomes critical analysis and debate, then do get in touch. Just send a 100-200 word paragraph outlining your proposed article to Tammy McGloughlin. (tammy.mcgloughlin@crimeandjustice.org.uk).

 

 

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS...

 

Questioning the country

‘So you think you know Britain?’ is a new Danny Dorling publication that dispels the myths about the way we live in Britain today. For more info click here http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/britain/.

 

Child restraint explored

Research produced by User Voice and Children’s Commissioner reports the views of young people in a secure juvenile estate on restraint techniques. See: http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_476.

 

Cuts map

A new website ‘voluntary sector cuts’ has been launched as a collaborative project across the voluntary sector. It allows users to report a cut in the sector and has a map of the cuts reported. See here http://voluntarysectorcuts.org.uk/cuts-map/.

 

Police conditions

The Winsor Report has been published as an independent review of police officers’ and staff pay and conditions. The Centre was cited on page 315 of the report. Click here to download http://review.police.uk/documents/police-remun-and-conditions/first-report.  As a response the Police plan to protest in the run up to the royal wedding over a bid to cut wages by £4,000. See the Independent (09/03/11) for more http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/police-plan-protest-march-over-move-to-cut-wages-by-1634000-2236293.html.

 

Women marching forward

With International Women’s Day this month End Violence Against Women http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/ members held events such as the Million Woman Rise. Click here for more http://www.millionwomenrise.com/.

 

Complaining Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has published a report on: 'Police Complaints: statistics for England and Wales 2009/10'.

Download the report here. http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/Documents/complaints_statistics_09-10.pdf.

 

 

IN THE NEWS

 

Charity begins at the deportation centre?

The children’s charity Banardo’s is to run welfare services at the proposed Family Removal Centre in a bid to make the process ‘more child-friendly’. For more see the BBC (10/03/11) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12690444. Click here (http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/frances-webber/is-barnardos-legitimising-child-detention-in-uk?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=714440&utm_campaign=0 ) to see why campaigners fear this move may be legitimising child detention. (Our Kingdom 21/03/11).

 

Drugs fraud in NHS

Patients have been treated with ineffective drugs from fraudulent research that falsely claimed a link between the drug and a cure across a number of treatments. For more see the Telegraph (04/03/11)  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8360667/Millions-of-surgery-patients-at-risk-in-drug-research-fraud-scandal.html.

 

Closing community sentences

Budget cuts in the criminal justice system may see community punishments scaled back. Dame Anne Owers, former chief inspector of prisons, said the cuts would ‘damage plans for a rehabilitation revolution’. See the Guardian (08/03/11) http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/08/ukcrime-prisons-and-probation.

 

End of squatters’ rights

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke is to announce plans to change laws on squatting, making occupying a private property without permission a criminal offence. For more see the Daily Mail (18/03/11) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367433/Squatting-crime-Police-able-turf-intruders.html.

 

Lost voices realised

Ian Duncan Smith admits the Conservatives made a mistake in ignoring child poverty and failed to look at the underlying causes of poverty. See the Guardian (16/03/11) http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/16/child-poverty-error-iain-duncan-smith?INTCMP=SRCH.

 

Pen Power

The UK is to sign up to European measures to end human trafficking, following a petition of more than 46,000 signatures. For more click here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/uk-to-join-fight-against-human-trafficking-2250047.html (Independent, 23/03/11).

 

Candid camera

New estimates suggest that there are less than half the number of CCTV cameras than previously thought as past estimate generalised the number of cameras in a busy high street across the rest of the UK. Click here for the Press Association (04/03/11) article. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gdRiVmQE7Yc1iFOPo5ymEKHvtWpw?docId=N0265741299113974054A.

 

The colour of your money

Migrants who are willing to keep £5 million in a UK bank will be given the right to stay in the UK indefinitely after three years, two years faster than those who do not have such funds.

See here. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/16/new-immigration-rules-super-rich?INTCMP=SRCH Guardian (16/03/11).

 

 

COMMENT

 

‘Tough on crime’ was wrong

Ed Miliband ditches the famous Labour slogan admitting it was wrong to be tough on crime rather than tackling ‘(re)offending’. For more see Mary Riddell in the Telegraph (07/03/11) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/maryriddell/8367146/Ed-Miliband-is-right-Labour-got-it-wrong-on-crime-and-its-causes.html.

 

Equality U-Turn

Yvette Cooper argues that whilst women have had more opportunities than previous generations, there are fears that the next generation may not follow this trend as the Coalition brings in family focussed policies. See The Guardian (09/03/11) for more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/08/cuts-undermine-womens-choices?INTCMP=SRCH.

 

Drugging children with ADHD is the Dickens of today

Giving children Ritalin will be seen as barbaric as the times of sending children up a chimney or placing them in racks to straighten them says Libby Purves (The Times 21/03/11).

 

 

QUOTE(S) OF THE MONTH

 

‘A defendant not old enough to legally buy a hamster can be tried...as though the level of psychological sophistication required to look after a domesticated rodent is worthy of a longer period of development than to understand the moral responsibility inherent in the commission of a serious criminal act.’ Libby Brooks highlights the flaws in criminal responsibility at 10 when maturity is considered. (Guardian, 18/03/11) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/18/justice-10-age-criminal-responsibility?INTCMP=SRCH.

 

‘In this day I leave my happy heart to you, really happy to succeed to lay aside everything that was not love. I am happy to look toward the future with those feelings that give happiness and prosperity to man, that are friendship, brotherhood and love.’ - Silvio Berlusconi expresses his sentiments to Colonel Gaddafi after signing a migration treaty with Libya in late 2008. (Thanks to Lorenzo, our new intern from Italy for that one – Lorenzo will be with us until September 2011).


 

For any feedback, please email our bulletin editor at melinda.kerrison@crimeandjustice.org.uk.

 

 

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04/04/2011

 

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