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Justice Matters A three-year strategic initiative

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This is the latest update on Justice Matters, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies’ three-year initiative promoting radical alternatives to criminal justice.

What would you build in place of criminal justice?

Justice Matters Event: Alternatives to criminal justice: Building social justice solutions – 19 January 2015 1 pm to 4 pm

This workshop will take as its starting point that we need to look beyond criminal justice to find ways of preventing, reducing and repairing harm. Join us to discuss the available policy and practice solutions to harm that do not rely on punishment and exclusion. The Centre is developing a workshop toolkit to facilitate discussion about short and long term solutions to a range of social harms. Participants will be invited to test out the toolkit, offer feedback and introduce their own ideas. You can register here.

New publication: discussing alternatives to criminal justice.

We asked you to tell us what you would build in place of criminal justice and received a number of insightful pieces with a suitably broad set of ideas and initiatives. Discussing alternatives to criminal justice brings the articles together in one place.  This is the beginning of a debate and we want more contributions, whether 100 or 1,000 words, to develop this theme. Join the discussion by emailing your suggestion here to

A quick reminder of three upcoming events that might be of interest

How might social policy help downsize criminal justice? A Justice Matters seminar: Criminal justice and young people with clinical disorders on 13 November 2015 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

A highly disproportionate number of young people with neurodevelopmental impairments and clinical disorders are in criminal justice. This event will consider how systems can better respond and radically reduce criminal justice intervention. Register for this event here.  If you have a proposal about what policy or practices you would build in place of criminal justice then please send us an e-mail.

Criminal justice reform or abolition? Perspectives from Australia and the United States.

The Centre will be hosting an academic roundtable seminar on 19 November 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm with Dr Bree Carlton of Monash University, Australia and Dr Erica Meiners of Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA on the theme of ‘Is criminal justice reform obsolete?’. Respondents include Dr Sarah Lamble (Birkbeck University), Andrew Neilson (Howard League) and Prof Joe Sim (Liverpool John Moores University). Later that day Bree and Erica will be joining a panel at an event organised by the Reclaim Justice Network and The Open University, details available here.

Some reforms might be hurting more than they are helping…

Catherine Heard, the Centre’s Research and Policy Associate, has described how community sentences have failed to cut prisoner numbers. In a guest blog on the CLINKS website, Catherine outlines the findings of our latest research report Community sentences since 2000: How they work and why they have not cut prisoner numbers. You can read the report in full here.

That’s all for this month…like what Justice Matters is doing? Then support the initiative.

Join us by becoming a member of the Centre, or you could make a donation to support the Justice Matters initiative. If this update has been forwarded to you and has been of interest then please sign up for future mailings.

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