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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

January 14, 2010: Justice Committee Report Welcomed

The Howard League for Penal Reform has welcomed the findings of the “excellent” Justice Committee report: Cutting crime: the case for justice reinvestment.

The ‘Cutting Crime’ report recognises that ‘prison is a relatively ineffective way of reducing crime for other than serious offenders’ and that the Committee was convinced that more prison building will prove a ‘costly mistake’. The Justice Committee champions the need to reinvest the public’s money directly into communities.

Howard League Director Frances Crook said:

“I have long said that you cannot build your way out of a prisons crisis and that the answer lies instead in the communities where much crime occurs. Instead of building more and more warehouses for people, it makes far better social and financial sense to prevent crime happening in the first place."

“The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that justice reinvestment and a less centralised, more localised approach to criminal justice would be more successful at reducing reoffending and the numbers in custody whilst, crucially, creating safer and more confident communities where people actually perceive the benefits of safer streets and healthy neighbourhoods."

“The need for a change of direction has been recognised by a number of recent reports and inquiries, from our own Commission on English Prisons Today to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government and now in this excellent report from the Justice Committee. We now have a sizeable head of steam for real reform in criminal justice and the financial realities of the coming years make that reform all the more urgent.”

Frances Crook also addressed the need for any justice reinvestment initiative to benefit “whole communities”:

“If you are to reorganise and restructure, release money and get public support for quite a radical idea then local people have to see that they will get something out of it too."

“Whilst it is absolutely right that you should point services at particular people who are likely to be or are being troublesome, you must also benefit the whole community because at the moment there is no public confidence in the criminal justice system. Nobody sees it; the system is distant and hidden away from local communities and this problem goes far beyond questions of sentencing policy."

“We have to find a responsible and appropriate way to give justice and resources back to local communities.”