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

  • 24 April 2014 | Max Chambers appointed No 10 Special Advisor for Home Affairs and Justice

    • Max Chambers, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, has been appointed the new Special Adviser for Home Affairs and Justice in the Number 10 Policy Unit. He will advise the Prime Minister on a range of domestic policy issues including criminal justice, policing, immigration and counter-terrorism.

  • 24 April 2014 | Exclusive: Max Chambers to join No.10 policy unit

    • Writing in The Spectator's Coffee House Blog, James Forsyth covers the news that Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime and Justice, has been appointed as the new Special Adviser for Home Affairs and Justice in the Number 10 Policy Unit. At Policy Exchange, Max has written a number of influential reports, including reports on the future of the prison estate and the future development of Police & Crime Commissioners.

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

  • 14 May 2014 | Court closures may not be a vote winner, but they could hold the key to improving our justice system and meeting budget targets

    • Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, argues that a strategic review of the court estate is needed in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Charlotte proposes that the government should close courts that are outdated and unfit for purpose and introduce mobile or temporary courts and 'Justice Hubs' in order to dispense justice - as recommended in our report, Future Courts.

  • 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.

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.