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March 25, 2022
Is imprisonment before trial the result of poor risk assessment?

How long does it take to hear the arguments for and against depriving someone of… Read more

January 13, 2022
Want to build trust in the police? Detain less

Is detaining someone in police custody worth it? The police in England and Wales detained… Read more

October 22, 2021
Altruistic up-tariffing? The pitfalls of more rehabilitative police cautions

“It’s all good sending him to court for every offence he may have committed, but… Read more

May 7, 2021
Prosecuting mental health – accountability or criminalisation?

The government is set to increase the maximum sentence for people who assault emergency workers… Read more

April 20, 2021
To blindly go? Learning (or not) from pandemic policing

How did policing adapt during the pandemic? And now lockdown is lifting, which changes should… Read more

March 30, 2021
Should a parent shop their child to the police for sexual assault?

On Monday Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the police chiefs’ lead for child protection, encouraged parents… Read more

March 16, 2021
Women are complicated and so is rape.

Sexual offences are very complicated. Most happen behind closed doors involving two adults and no… Read more

March 6, 2021
Tried and tested? New proposals for resolving crime without going to court

The practice of resolving crimes without going to court is in flux. HMICFRS has suggested… Read more

December 17, 2020
Known unknowns? The crazy world of pre-charge bail policy

It’s too easy to make policy based on assumptions. We all have beliefs we don’t… Read more

December 1, 2020
Is less more or the same?

It is tempting to think that the only way to stop individuals committing crime is… Read more

November 14, 2020
How to deal with the court backlog – divert rather than arrest

It is hard to think there might be any silver lining to the pandemic. Particularly… Read more

August 7, 2020
Police detention. Time for a rethink?

This is a guest blog from Derek Flint, retired police officer and former police custody… Read more

July 19, 2020
Unnecessary arrest and detention?

A lot of policy and guidance is never followed, nor its ignoring challenged. During the… Read more

March 30, 2018
Police and court bail policy is a mess

On the face of it, the story broken by the BBC today is alarming –… Read more

February 23, 2018
And get me to the court, get me to the court, for Gawd’s sake, get me to the court on time

FTA is the bane of a police officer’s life. If a defendant doesn’t turn up… Read more

December 7, 2017
The mysterious decline of the out of court disposal

In the old days people would talk of the neighbourhood bobby giving a teenager a… Read more

November 26, 2016
Do we need tougher community sentences?

This week the Lord Chief Justice implied that too many people were imprisoned, and that… Read more

November 16, 2016
Is there institutional racism in the criminal justice system?

The MacPherson report on Stephen Lawrence defined institutional racism as “the collective failure of an… Read more

December 13, 2015
Is confidence in the justice system at rock bottom?

Adults in the UK are more likely to have had experience of a court case,… Read more

May 30, 2015
why we still prosecute too many people

The number of prosecutions has gone down in recent years, but when I talk to… Read more

April 9, 2015
We need to put restorative justice centre stage if its ever going to work

There is huge goodwill towards restorative justice, but unfortunately goodwill has not really got it… Read more

November 2, 2014
How to restore local justice

Few think-tanks devote much time to the diminution of local justice.  But Politeia has just… Read more

May 30, 2014
Interpreters – a duff contract?

When I was a magistrate,  interpreters were frequent used to aid defendant, witness or both…. Read more

May 6, 2014
the continuous “arms race” in criminal justice

One of the reasons why our prisons are full to bursting is because our sentencing… Read more

March 19, 2014
How punitive can you be? The criminal justice arms race

How punitive is the man on the Clapham omnibus?  It is a subject that divides… Read more

January 10, 2014
Should legal sanctions be used against annoying people?

This week peers voted against the government’s new definition of anti-social behaviour – conduct capable… Read more

November 28, 2013
When is a pilot not a pilot?

Post riots, the Ministry of Justice announced that they were going to pilot more flexible… Read more

October 12, 2013
Radical change in the courts?

Keir Starmer has given a retirement interview to the Times in which he calls for… Read more

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