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Justice that protects

Prisons exist to keep the public safe yet in recent years the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service has shown that they are not capable of properly managing the most dangerous offenders. This paper, by Richard Walton – a former Head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command – argues that it is time for the Home Secretary, and the Home Office, to supervise prisons as they did until 2007. The Ministry of Justice as it is currently configured should be abolished, with a new Lord Chancellor’s Department replacing it to work solely on courts and justice policy, at the same time enshrining in law and practice the independence of the judiciary.

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Protest, Parliament and the rule of law

With the rhetoric inside the House of Commons ratcheted up to fever pitch this week, it is hardly surprising that protest outside Parliament became equally as chaotic and disruptive.

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One small step for prison reform

Prisons must be safe before rehabilitation can take place – Policy Exchange’s Director of Research and Strategy looks at the Justice Secretary’s latest place for prison reform.

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Lady Justice

European Court of Human Rights is undermining democracy

In a major new study for Policy Exchange, Sir Noel Malcolm, leading historian of ideas and Senior Adviser on Human Rights to Policy Exchange, argues that democracy is being eroded by an ever-expanding system of human rights law and condemns the encroachment of the...
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Convert expensive inner-London police stations into housing for officers, says think-tank

Report says commuter cops should be reduced by offering officers discounts to live in the neighbouring areas they patrol.

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Brexit and Judicial Power

Policy Exchange hosts Dr Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China and to the World Trade Organisation, to discuss how a post-Brexit UK can negotiate trade deals around world.

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A huge job – but also a huge opportunity

A huge job – but also a huge opportunity

Rory Geoghegan, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, argues that newly elected Police & Crime Commissioners will face tough challenges when they take on the role, but stressed that talented candidates will have the potential to make a real difference to the lives of the public.

How the new Police Commissioners should spend their first 100 days

How the new Police Commissioners should spend their first 100 days

Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, sets out the priorities for PCCs in their first 100 days in office. He argues that PCCs need to take the time to get to know their communities, put in place a proactive communications plan and try to set themselves two or three major priorities for their first term.

Chris Grayling should be tough on crime – and smart on tagging

Chris Grayling should be tough on crime – and smart on tagging

Rory Geoghegan, Research Fellow for Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the electronic monitoring of criminals is being undermined by the nature of the MOJ’s procurement contracts. Rory suggests that a localised system where multiple suppliers can offer local law enforcement agencies the technology they need could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

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