Crime & Justice

  • Crime & Justice

    "smart on crime"

    Developing new crime policies that are cost-effective, evidence-led, and credible with the public.

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    About Crime & Justice
  • Taking Its Toll

    Authored by Rt Hon David Lammy MP, MP for Tottenham and prospective Labour candidate for London Mayor, Taking Its Toll says that an unaddressed property crime pandemic is sweeping Britain. Despite accounting for 75% of all recorded crime, the police and the courts have been turning a blind eye, Lammy states.

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    Property Crime
  • Swift and Certain

    Prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, could be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.  Read more

    Swift and certain punishment
  • The Estate We're In

    Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. Estate Recovery Teams should be established to work with local leaders in identifying and tackling the deep-rooted and acute social problems which affect individual estates.

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    Sink Estates
  • Future Courts

    Magistrates should dispense justice inside police stations at peak times – including evenings and weekends – and be put in charge of the administration of out-of-court disposals, as part of a radical drive to speed up the operation of the criminal justice system.

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    Future Courts

Latest Crime & Justice In the news

  • 20 July 2015 | Gove moots plans for 'super-prisons'

    • Building Magazine reports comments by justice secretary Michael Gove which suggest he is considering longstanding Policy Exchange calls to sell old, inefficient inner city prisons and use the proceeds to build new, modern, more effective prisons.

  • 04 July 2015 | Criminal with 500 offences avoids jail sentence

    • Following reports that an offender with 500 previous convictions is consistently avoiding prison sentences for his latest crimes, The Daily Telegraph cites comments from David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and author of Taking Its Toll, criticising the effective decriminalisation of certain crimes.

Latest Crime & Justice Publications

  • 03 March 2015 | Taking Its Toll: The regressive impact of property crime in Britain

    • Authored by Rt Hon David Lammy MP, MP for Tottenham and prospective Labour candidate for London Mayor, Taking Its Toll says that an unaddressed property crime pandemic is sweeping Britain. Despite accounting for 75% of all recorded crime, the police and the courts have been turning a blind eye, Lammy states.

  • 08 December 2014 | Swift and Certain: A new paradigm for criminal justice

    • Swift and Certain calls for prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, to potentially be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.

Latest Crime & Justice Blogs

  • 21 May 2015 | The Police have delivered ‘more for less’ for five years and we should celebrate that more

    • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, recounts his experience at the recent Police Federation conference. He argues that - counter to the conference's theme that "cuts have consequences", the police have in fact been able to do more with less, and offers suggestions for ways the police are able to do more still.

  • 11 March 2015 | Six ways the police need to change

    • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, sets out 6 ways in which the police need to change to maintain their effectiveness against a background of austerity. He proposes changes to the police estate, a greater focus on crime prevention, embracing new technology and increased collaboration with other emergency services.

Latest Crime & Justice Event

  • 03 March 2015 | Rt Hon David Lammy MP - Taking its Toll: The regressive impact of property crime in Britain

    • Policy Exchange, invites you to the launch of its latest report, Taking its toll: the regressive impact of property crime in Britain. The paper, authored by the Rt Hon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and Labour Primary Candidate for Mayor of London, examines the impact that burglary, theft and shoplifting is having on people across Britain.

  • 24 November 2014 | The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize, awarded to ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to award the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize to former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner of the New York Police Department in its history - and one of the best known and respected policemen in the world. He was the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.