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Criminal Justice: An Agenda for the New Government

The Criminal Justice Alliance is holding a one-day conference at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Tuesday 10th March 2015 9.30am-4pm.

Crime has gone down but re-offending rates remain high. Now we know far more about what works and where the challenges are that still need addressing at each stage of the criminal justice system. The coming general election is an opportunity to offer a more cost-effective approach to delivering justice that empowers local communities and encourages innovative evidence-based solutions to prevent crime and reoffending.This conference offers the opportunity to review what is effective and to recommend potential solutions for the new government to consider in order to achieve a fairer and more effective criminal justice system. Who should attend: Practitioners from all sectors, commissioners, policy makers, sentencers, academics and post graduate students. If you are interested in setting an agenda for the new government this is the day for you.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Sir Alan Beith MP, Chair of the Justice Committee
• Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms, University of Cambridge
• Phil Bowen, Director, Centre for Justice Innovation
• Penelope Gibbs, Director, Transform Justice
• Nick Hardwick CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
• Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Director, National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Helsinki
• Richard Monkhouse JP, Chair of the Magistrates Association
• Nicola Padfield, Master, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
• Professor Lawrence Sherman, University of Cambridge

Conference workshops will provide delegates with opportunities to debate and to network.Themes include:
• Desistance - Policy into Practice
• Race and Mental Health
• Justice Reinvestment

To book a place, please click here. Cost £30 per place. To apply for a bursary or for more information please contact info@criminaljusticealliance.org


Personalisation in the crminal justice system: what is the potential? 

The Criminal Justice Alliance has published a policy briefing by Professor Chris Fox and colleagues on the potential for personalisation within the criminal justice system​ and lessons that can be learned from the social care sector over recent decades. This briefing highlights the key elements of personalisation which include offenders and their supervisors working together, and the need to focus on relationships, communities and offender responsibility. It goes on to discuss the need to look at an individual's strengths and skills first, before their needs and vulnerability, and the importance of encouraging individuals to become active citizens. The paper examines how a personalisation agenda could be achieved within a justice reinvestment model, focusing on community budgets, and whether the transforming rehabilitation changes are likely to help or hinder a personalised approach.


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