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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC


Crime Concern are a national crime reduction organisation and charity. They provide advice and help to a range of professional and voluntary agencies to support their work in reducing crime and the fear of crime in local communities. They run over 50 projects in England and Wales.

The Fawcett Society campaigns for equality between women and men. Their Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System aimed to bring a gender perspective to criminal justice policy-making and to allow women a voice in the current debates. Some excellent downloads are available here.

The Howard League for Penal Reform is the UK's oldest penal reform charity. Independent of government, it works for humane and rational reform of the penal system.

The Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland is an independent organisation (and charity) whose members seek improvements to the criminal justice system in Scotland.

Innocent is an independent UK organisation which supports and campaigns for innocent people in prison. INNOCENT is made up of families, friends and supporters of wrongly convicted prisoners who have come together in order to help each other.

INQUEST campaigns against deaths in custody and for changes in the Coroner's Court system. It is the only organisation in England and Wales exclusively concerned with deaths in custody and inquests.

Justice is an independent legal human rights organisation set up to promote the rule of law and to assist the fair administration of justice. Its reports helped establish the Ombudsman system and promoted legislation on the rehabilitation of offenders and compensation for victims.

 KnifeCrimes.Org is an online knife, gun and gang related information resource. They provide help and support to families and friends affected by serious violent crime or those bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter.

Liberty is a leading UK human rights and civil liberties organisation. They  campaign and research on a wide range of issues - from deaths in custody to privacy intrusion.

NACRO, a crime reduction charity, aims to make society safer by finding practical solutions to reducing crime. They achieve this by assisting ex-offenders, disadvantaged people and deprived communities.

The Prison Reform Trust aims to create a just, humane and effective penal system, by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the public; and influencing  Government towards reform.

The Reform Remand campaign is calling for an improvement in the treatment of, and conditions for, people held in prison awaiting trial and a reduction in the needless use of custodial remand. It is organised by the Prison Reform Trust.

The Restorative Justice Consortium promotes the use of restorative justice in schools, the community, prisons, the criminal justice system, and any situation of conflict. It includes  organisations representing victims, offenders, young people and mediators.

Runnymede is a leading independent, voluntary funded think tank on ethnicity and cultural diversity, which aims to challenge racial discrimination, to influence legislation and to promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain.

Searchlight aims to combat racism, neo-nazism, fascism and all forms of prejudice. It is a non-sectarian organisation in political, ethnic and religious terms.

Smart Justice is a crime reduction campaign, aiming to widen public debate on crime and punishment and increase confidence in community-based solutions to crime. Their website explains how alternatives to custody are cutting crime at a fraction of the cost of prison.

Stop Prisoner Rape (SPR) is a US organisation seeking to end sexual violence against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention. SPR supports policies to ensure institutional accountability. It aims to change society’s attitudes toward prisoner rape, and to promote access to resources for survivors.

The Violence Against Women Online Resources site provides a wealth of information on interventions to stop violence against women. The site is a cooperative project of the Office on Violence Against Women and Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse.

Women in Prison provides welfare and education to women in prison. It believes that prison should be reserved for a small number of violent and serious offenders from whom the public should be protected.

Women's Aid Federation of England is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Their  mission is to advocate for abused women and children and to ensure their safety by working locally and nationally.

Campaigns International

Amnesty International campaigns to promote awareness of, and oppose abuse of, human rights. They undertake a range of educational activities, promoting the values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international agreed human rights standards. 

Human Writes is a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation which befriends and supports people on Death Row in the USA. Human Writes is not a campaigning or political group as such, but aims to non-judgementally respond to as many prisoners as they can.

The Justice Project is a nonpartisan US based organisation dedicated to fighting injustice and creating a more humane and just world. Founders of The Justice Project are veterans of war who have risked their lives fighting injustice. Their military experiences left them with an understanding of human suffering and a desire to leave a legacy of fairness for future generations.

The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights.

The Alberta- based John Howard Society is concerned with the problem of crime and its prevention, and sees crime control as much the responsibility of the community as it is of government. The Society has produced many  research and position papers on criminal justice topics; over 50 are available online.

LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) comprises current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities. They argue that by continuing to fight the "War on Drugs", the US government has worsened the problem. Government regulation and control of these substances, replacing the current system of control by the black market, would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical and more effective public policy.

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) is an American human relations organisation which fights bias, bigotry and racism. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

Statewatch monitors the state and civil liberties in the European Union. Statewatch is a voluntary group comprised of lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists, with a European network of contributors drawn from 13 countries