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Predictions of doom have not materialised and PCCs are proving they have the potential to be an effective catalyst for change

Predictions of doom have not materialised and PCCs are proving they have the potential to be an effective catalyst for change

Charlotte McLeod, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, argues that the one year anniversary of the Police & Crime Commissioner elections has marked a turning point in perception of the role. Charlotte argues that focus is beginning to move away from election reproach and expenses scandals and towards the recognition that reforms are beginning to work.

Towards a more self-financing courts system

Towards a more self-financing courts system

Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that it’s time to reform the English courts to maximize the international competitive advantage we hold in the legal services industry and to provide a substantial revenue for our courts.

How should the police best use limited resources?

How should the police best use limited resources?

To make best use of police forces’ limited resources, argues Ruth Davis, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, the police should partner with the private sector to make considerable savings, make better use of technology and by partnership schemes with other social agencies.

Give PCCs power to hire and fire prison governors

Give PCCs power to hire and fire prison governors

Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, sets out the recommendations of our recent report Power Down, which advocates giving PCCs further criminal justice and crime prevention responsibilities. The report envisages ten or so existing ‘Super’ PCCs trialling these new powers on an accelerated timescale.

Labour is unlikely to scrap PCCs, so here’s how it can reform them

Labour is unlikely to scrap PCCs, so here’s how it can reform them

Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice Max Chambers examines Labour’s likely forthcoming policy announcements in the area of policing and argues that the party needs to address its position on PCCs. Max argues that the smart money is on PCCs remaining in place – should Labour seek to scrap PCCs, they would need to make it their first priority in office and pass emergency legislation in Parliament.

Should thieves and fraudsters be spared prison terms?

Should thieves and fraudsters be spared prison terms?

Following the Howard League for Penal Reform’s recommendation that thieves and fraudsters should not serve prison terms, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime and Justice, Max Chambers, argues that property crimes are already treated very leniently by the criminal justice system. Instead of banning prison sentences to reduce the prison population, the focus should be on preventing crime and reducing reoffending.

Could the riots happen again?

Could the riots happen again?

Two years on from the 2011 riots, Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, examines the cognitive dimension of the rioter’s behaviour and how this might link with the proliferation of social media. Max argues that the conditions that sparked the riots are still present and that in the short-term we may unfortunately become more familiar with these types of disturbances.

Re-booting public trust in the police

Re-booting public trust in the police

Ruth Davis, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, highlights the new and innovative ways in which police forces are using technology to tackle crime and engage with the public. Ruth argues that such technologies will help the police bridge the distance that has built between them and the public, as well as increasing police accountability.

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