Arguments for and against the outsourcing of rehabilitation services deserve much more comprehensive and detailed examination than they have so far received

The government recently released its plans to outsource more than half of its rehabilitation services to the private and voluntary sector. Rob Allen notes that the scale and speed of the change in how services are delivered will be substantial, and that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has not thus far had to argue for substantive new legal provisions, nor has he had […]

We can learn lessons about the dangers of precipitate policy-making from political reaction to the murder of toddler James Bulger

Tomorrow it will have been 20 years since the murder of toddler James Bulger. Rob Allen reflects on the tragic case and its implications for criminal justice in the UK. He argues that the rapidity with which policy was made in the face of a national outcry holds important lessons for  contemporary policy makers, particularly in relation to the Government’s controversial plans to effectively dismantle […]

If Titan Prisons are back on the agenda, we must know more about the one we already have

Last week the government announced plans to conduct feasibility work on what would be Britain’s largest prison, citing a need for new capacity and a concern to close older and more expensive facilities. The government is pointing to HMP Oakwood, the 1600 place G4S prison which opened last year, as an illustration of the efficiencies achieved by prisons of this size. However Rob Allen […]

A commitment to remove under 18’s from prison and a plan to develop more appropriate community based arrangements would be a truly radical step for criminal justice in the UK

Rob Allen argues that Chris Grayling has an important opportunity to radically reform how juvenile offenders are treated. Efforts to educate young people and influence them to stay out of trouble in the future are likely to be ineffective in institutional environments which fail to meet their basic needs. One of the surprise announcements in Chris Grayling’s criminal justice speech was […]

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