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Following the broadcast of ‘The Murder Trial’ on Channel 4, Policy Exchange Crime & Justice Research Fellow Charlotte McLeod makes the case for televising court cases. Charlotte highlights the inconsistency of allowing social media into courtrooms, but not TV broadcast, and argues that with stringent safeguards in place broadcasting court proceedings offers an important opportunity to engage the public in understanding how our judicial system works.
Max Chambers, Head of Crime and Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the UK’s penal system is in danger of failing the hardest-to-help. Payment-by-results, he argues, will provide a potentially revolutionary powerful commercial incentive for providers to innovate and effect some badly needed cultural changes within the probation system.
Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, writes exposing the myth that by nature of their size, large prisons are worse than smaller ones. Max argues that the key determinant of a prison’s performance is in fact age, and sets out the proposals from Future Prisons for replacing 30-35 old, run down prisons with 12 large, new ‘Hub Prisons’ geared towards reducing reoffending.
Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that, despite a rocky start, Police and Crime Commissioners have made genuine progress in the six months they have been in position. He notes that there is emerging evidence of real change starting to happen behind the scenes, including a dramatic swing in the power relationship from central government to the local level.
Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the police could save money and offer a better service to the public by closing out of date police stations and introducing technologically-enabled ‘TARDIS’ police boxes where the public could report crime, a recommendation made in recent Policy Exchange report Rebooting the PC.
Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, sets out why it is too early to judge Police and Crime Commissioners. He argues that the recent criticisms of PCCs following the twitter scandal with Kent’s Youth Commissioner Paris Brown reveals nothing about what PCCs have achieved so far in their short four months in office.
Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the clash between Tory ‘modernisers’ and ‘traditionalists’ is a false dichotomy stirred up by the media. Max notes that Chris Grayling’s work in justice and Iain Duncan Smith’s work in welfare show that it is possible to be both Conservative and back social reform policies.
Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Political Institutions, argues that the upcoming report by the Commission on a British Bill of Rights is likely to be disappointing. Michael argues that even if a British Bill of Rights is published, it is likely that the European Court of Human Rights will still have a final say on matters of national significance.
Karen Sosa, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange and author of recent report In the Public Interest, writes highlighting failings with the Crown Prosecution Service. She calls for greater accountability for the organisation, as well as a greater public-facing approach to its work.
Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s new Head of Crime & Justice, analyses Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s speech on Payment by Results (PbR). Max welcomes the renewed focus on the PbR agenda, but argues that PbR needs to be a means to a bigger end – a truly outcome-focused criminal justice system where all parties are focused on a common aim.