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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Six things I learnt about Justice Policy

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The Centre for Crime & Justice Studies shows just how topsy-turvy UK justice policy was between the 2015 general election and the Brexit referendum.

UK Justice Policy Review

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has just published its 6th UK Justice Policy Review, this edition looks at the year from 7 May 2015 (the day of that year’s general election) until 23 June 2016 (the date of the Brexit referendum).

The review is a fascinating examination of recent justice history in England and Wales, Scotland and Norther Ireland (all of which are under different jurisdictions for justice matters) and it’s impossible not to imagine future legal historians pouring over them with fascination and amazement.

I heartily recommend you read it in full; but to whet your appetite here are 6 key facts — complete with jaunty graphics —from our (very) recent past:

1: The organisation of policing in the UK is complex:

2: Serious and organised crime is a growing concern

3: Police & Crime Commissioners are now mainly based on party politics

4: All the facts, figures and costs in one pie chart

5: Justice policy direction is not linear

When Michael Gove was Justice Secretary, he reversed many of  the decisions of his predecessor, Chris Grayling.

6: Our prisons have become increasingly unsafe

 

 

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