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
  • David Lammy MP - we must tackle property crime

    David Lammy MP, Policy Exchange's newly appointed Visiting Fellow, reveals that half of all property crime results in "no further action" from the Metropolitan Police. With property crime affecting people from all backgrounds, but particularly the low paid and most disadvantaged, Lammy calls for property crime to be tackled head on. Read more

    Property Crime
  • 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
  • Matthew Perry on drugs courts

    Policy Exchange was delighted to host Friends star Matthew Perry to speak about the US experience with problem-solving courts and its relevance for UK drugs and criminal justice policy. Perry spoke frankly about his own problems with addiction and gave a passionate case for how drugs courts can help cut offending and improve lives.

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    Matthew Perry on drugs courts
  • The Pioneers

    Police and Crime Commissioners, one year on

    One year on from the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner elections, Policy Exchange has published a collection of essays by a cross-party group of PCCs sharing their perspectives on their first year in office, highlighting the key initiatives they are leading and outlining the challenges and opportunities facing policing.

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    PCCs, one year on

Latest Crime & Justice In the news

  • 16 April 2014 | Max Chambers on Would That Work Here?

    • Max Chambers, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, appears in BBC Radio 4's Would That Work Here? episode on Norway's prison system. Norway's rehabilitation-focused prison regime has Western Europe's lowest rate of reoffending, at just 20%. Asked whether a similar system could ever work in the UK, Max argued that there needs to be a balance between public acceptability and what may be the most effective form of rehabilitation.

  • 14 April 2014 | Criminals agree community sentences are soft

    • The Times quotes Max Chambers, Head of Crime and Justice at Policy Exchange, following a recent study by the Ministry of Justice which reveals that offenders see community service orders as a soft punishment. Max argues that unpaid work requirements should be far more demanding and intensive and he stresses that we need a competent probation system with a focus on compliance in order to prevent re-offending. 

Latest Crime & Justice Publications

  • 21 February 2014 | Future Courts: A new vision for summary justice

    • Future Courts calls for magistrates to 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.

  • 07 November 2013 | The Pioneers: Police and Crime Commissioners, one year on

    • One year on from the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner elections, Policy Exchange has published a collection of essays by a cross-party group of PCCs sharing their perspectives on their first year in office, highlighting the key initiatives they are leading, outlining the challenges and opportunities facing policing, and describing how their new leadership can help the service to succeed.

Latest Crime & Justice Blogs

  • 24 March 2014 | Property crime matters, and it’s time to put it on the map

    • David Lammy MP, Policy Exchange's new Visiting Fellow, calls for property crime to be tackled head on. It is an issue that touches people from all backgrounds, but particularly the low paid and most disadvantaged, yet half of all reported property crimes result in 'no further action' by the Metropolitan Police. Property crime needs to shoot up the public policy agenda as a matter of urgency.

  • 07 March 2014 | Domestic Violence: Time to shift the blame from victims to perpetrators

    • Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, highlights the problems with the criminal justice system's approach to domestic violence. Charlotte argues that we need to find alternative, more proactive ways of tackling domestic violence and improving the confidence for victims that their abusers will be convicted. Ultimately, however, she argues that we must also see society change its attitude and shift the blame and responsibility from victims to perpetrators.

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