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Criminal Justice

A row of police with riot shields
by Ross Deuchar Vaughn Crichlow and Seth Fallik  |  30th April 2021

Based on 'Police–Community Relations in Times of Crisis: Decay and Reform in the Post-Ferguson Era', by Ross Deuchar, Vaughn Crichlow and Seth Fallik, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around how to create a shared understanding of the nuances to police-community relations.…Read more

Silhouette of gun and hands up
by Amy Beddows  |  29th April 2021

Amy Beddows explores the thorny issue of our enjoyment of true crime books, documentaries and podcasts. Acknowledging the dangers of feeding the cycle of gendered violence, she nevertheless argues for its benefits. …Read more

Man holding sign saying 'We demand the right to protest'

Mike Hough, author of 'Good Policing', assesses the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill, and questions the legitimacy of its provisions on public demonstrations and custodial sentencing.…Read more

Writing on wall saying 'protect women now'

Veronica Oakeshott from Drive, an organisation which challenges and supports perpetrators to change, explains what is needed, beyond funding and criminal justice, to end the UK epidemic of violence against women and girls.…Read more

Timelapse of lights leaving trails
by Clare McGlynn and Kelly Johnson  |  24th March 2021

Based on Cyberflashing: Recognising Harms, Reforming Laws, by Clare McGlynn and Kelly Johnson, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around cyberflashing to support proposals to criminalise cyberflashing as a sexual offence in English law.…Read more

Man sat in an airport
by Joshua Rozenberg  |  10th February 2021

Joshua Rozenberg, author of 'Enemies of the People?', discusses whether any UK court would give the government's maximum 10-year prison sentence for lying about where you have travelled from.…Read more

Statue of Margaret Thatcher in Westminster

Ian Cummins, author of 'Welfare and Punishment', presents an analysis of the punitive turn since 1979 that has resulted in a huge increase in the prison population and a shredding of the welfare safety net.…Read more

Sun shining through blinds
by Julian House  |  10th December 2020

An update on the work of Julian House, Bristol University Press’s 2020 fundraising cause, outlining how COVID-19 has been an extra pressure on charities supporting victims of domestic abuse.…Read more

Woman taking a photo with police officers

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast we spoke to criminologist Mike Hough, Emeritus Professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London, about what the principles and practices of good policing are and how - for policing to work better - it needs to be based on legitimacy and trust.…Read more

Stained glass window

Andrew Millie examines whether criminal justice could be improved by applying Christian values and questions why theology has not been tapped for the contribution it could make to meaningful rehabilitation of offenders and more effective social justice strategies.…Read more