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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  • 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
  • Call for Evidence: Property Crime

    Policy Exchange is undertaking a major project – led by Rt Hon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham – which will seek to spark a revolution in the way that property crime is perceived, prioritised and pursued in the UK.

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    Call for Evidence: Property Crime
  • 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

Latest Crime & Justice In the news

  • 22 August 2014 | Tackling crime is key to improving 'sink estates'

    • A leader column in The Daily Express explores issues raised in our recently published report The Estate We're In. The report urges politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next ten years, and highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems.   

  • 22 August 2014 | The scandal of Britain's ‘Shameless’ estates riddled with crime and violence

    • Our report The Estate We're In is covered by The Daily Express. The report urges politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next ten years, and highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems.   

Latest Crime & Justice Publications

  • 22 August 2014 | The Estate We’re In: Lessons from the Front Line

    • Written by inner-city crime writer Gavin Knight, The Estate We're In calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. The report highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.

  • 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.

Latest Crime & Justice Blogs

  • 22 August 2014 | Britain’s sink estates can – and must – be turned around

    • Gavin Knight, author of our report The Estate We're In, highlights how deprived estates can be successfully transformed from within by locally-minded, determined and creative individuals who catalyse huge change. Our report calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade and uses case studies, such as those outlined in the blog, to extract best practice. 

  • 19 August 2014 | Do we need a specific offence of domestic violence?

    • Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, considers whether we need a specific offence of domestic violence. Charlotte argues that a new offence would require extensive consultation, legal expertise and a continued commitment to tackle it.

Latest Crime & Justice Event

  • 09 June 2014 | Swift and Certain Punishment: Innovative ways to reduce reoffending

    • American Friends of Policy Exchange is delighted to host Judge Steven S. Alm, creator of Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) programme, for a lecture and discussion on how ‘swift and certain’ punishment can dramatically reduce reoffending.

  • 25 March 2014 | Modernising the Magistracy with Rt Hon Damian Green MP

    • We are pleased to welcome Damian Green MP, Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, as he sets out his plans to shape the magistracy to make it fit for the future demands of the 21st Century.