Crime & Justice

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

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  • 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
  • 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

  • 08 December 2014 | Criminals breaching community orders 'should be jailed for a week'

    • The Telegraph covers Policy Exchange's new Swift and Certain report. The report calls for prolific criminals who breach the their community sentences to be sent to jail for up to a week under a proposed new regime which would speed up justice and ensure that offenders would be certain of the consequences of their actions.

  • 08 December 2014 | Tougher US-style probation clamp called for in UK

    • The Financial Times covers Policy Exchange's Swift and Certain report. The report shows how emulating Hawaii's successful HOPE probation programme could lead to dramatically fewer community order breaches.

Latest Crime & Justice Publications

  • 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.

  • 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.

Latest Crime & Justice Blogs

  • 06 November 2014 | Elected Mayors: What could this mean for Police and Crime Commissioners?

    • This week, the Chancellor announced new plans to introduce a directly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester, who will preside over a range of issues including transport, social care, housing and policing. In light of the announcement, Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow considers what the future has in store for Police and Crime Commissioners.

  • 24 September 2014 | Labour shouldn't be scrapping PCCs, it should be working out how to make them better

    • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, calls for Labour not to scrap PCCs. Glyn points out the good work many Labour PCCs have been doing on issues that Labour voters really care about, and asks what why an alternative arrangement would be better. He calls for Labour to instead develop a vision for how they would improve the role.

Latest Crime & Justice Event

  • 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.

  • 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.

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