Should thieves and fraudsters be spared prison terms?

Should thieves and fraudsters be spared prison terms?

Prison is already largely reserved for the most serious and persistent offenders, with magistrates and judges using prison as a last resort. So the idea that the government should ban them from sending offenders to jail for theft and fraud is completely wrong....
Could the riots happen again?

Could the riots happen again?

This week our Chairman, Daniel Finkelstein, focused his Times column (£) on the 2011 riots, arguing that we still really don’t know what happened two years ago – and that we urgently need to understand the events that triggered the riots and develop more sophisticated...
Re-booting public trust in the police

Re-booting public trust in the police

You are seven times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police if you are black or from an ethnic minority background than if you are white. If you are stopped there is only a 9% chance that you are doing or planning to do anything that should result in your...
Paving the way towards broadcasting in courts

Paving the way towards broadcasting in courts

On Tuesday night, ‘The Murder Trial’ was aired on Channel 4. The two hour programme covered the trial and sentencing of Nat Fraser in the Scottish High Court, having used remotely-operated cameras to film the trial over six weeks. Viewing figures reached...
Reforming reform with payment by results

Reforming reform with payment by results

When Chris Huhne was released from prison earlier this year, he was handed £46 to help him on his journey home and a plastic bag filled with his belongings. If he was lucky, he might have received a few words of encouragement, rather than the more common “see you...