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
  • 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
  • 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

Latest Crime & Justice In the news

  • 01 August 2014 | Sobriety tags might prove better than prison at helping the alcohol-dependent

    • Following the announcement that sobriety tags will be trialled in London, Guardian columnist Deborah Orr cites Policy Exchange research from our Future Courts report on US sobriety tag systems. The systems were found to have high success rates, as well as costing significantly less than incarceration, which would have otherwise been the alternative.

  • 01 August 2014 | Charlotte McLeod on BBC West Midlands

    • Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, appears on BBC West Midlands to discuss the upcoming PCC by-election there. Charlotte argues that whilst people will be looking at this by-election as a test of the future of PCCs, the real test will come with the 2015 general election.

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

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.