• What Good Looks Like

    November 2017

    This report contains some examples of entrants to this year’s CJA Awards, demonstrating for the third year running a constellation of innovative and measurably effective work taking place in the criminal justice sector.

  • MOPAC: Public Access and Engagement

    October 2017

    Our response to MOPAC's consultation on public access and engagement highlights the need for greater and more authentic engagement with young BAME people in London.

    Type: Consultation
  • Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill

    September 2017

    Parliamentary briefing for peers ahead of the Second Reading of Lord Dholakia's Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill, which proposes to raise it from ten to 12.

  • No respect: Young BAME men, the police and stop and search

    June 2017

    A report on the recent experience of young black, Asian and minority ethnic people (BAME) and stop and search.

    Type: Report
  • The Need for an Entitlement to Restorative Justice

    June 2017

    The CJA has developed - with the support of a reference group of expert member organisations - a briefing outlining the potential benefits of introducing an entitlement in restorative justice.

    Type: Briefing
  • The Cost of an Entitlement to Restorative Justice

    March 2017

    The CJA has developed - with the support of a reference group of expert member organisations - a national cost framework for the delivery of restorative justice.

    Type: Briefing
  • Sentencing Council: ‘Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons’

    January 2017

    The CJA response to the Sentencing Council's bladed articles and offensive weapons guidelines consultation

    Type: Consultation
  • Sentencing Council: Youth Sentencing

    August 2016

    Our response welcomes the broadening of factors that should be taken into account when considering the welfare of a young person but emphasises that sentencers should also consider the fact that many young people are also themselves victims of crimes.

    Type: Consultation
  • Stop-and-Search and Knife Crime

    July 2016

    This briefing highlights the lack of evidence demonstrating a link between the decline in the use of stop-and-search and an uptick in knife crime,

    Type: Briefing
  • Sentencing Council: Early Guilty Pleas

    June 2016

    Our consultation response to the Sentencing Council's draft guidelines on early guilty pleas highlights our concerns that the proposed changes will not benefit enough victims and witnesses and it could unnecessarily increase the prison population.

    Type: Consultation
  • Justice Committee Inquiry: Role of the Magistracy

    March 2016

    This response highlights the CJA's views on the role the magistrates have to play in a fair and effective criminal justice system.

    Type: Consultation
  • Justice Committee Inquiry: Restorative Justice

    March 2016

    This response outlines the CJA's views on restorative justice and the important role it has to play in meeting the needs of victims, and offering offenders the opportunity to repair some of the harm caused by their behaviour.

    Type: Consultation
  • Structured Mayhem: Personal experiences of the Crown Court

    November 2015

    This report highlights the experiences of victims, witnesses and defendants of criminal trials in the Crown Court

    Type: Report
  • Justice Committee inquiry: criminal courts charge

    October 2015

    This response outlines the CJA's views on the criminal courts charge and the reasons we believe reform is needed.

    Type: Consultation
  • The JAP: lessons for England and Wales

    April 2015

    This report outlines the role of the French juge d’application des peines, or JAP, and what the courts in England and Wales could learn from the French experience.

    Type: Report
  • Prospects for a Desistance Agenda

    March 2015

    This report considers where desistance stands at present, the barriers that may limit its further progress and the opportunities and risks afforded by current developments.

    Type: Report
  • To Be Fair: Procedural Justice in the Courts

    November 2014

    This report discusses the concept of procedural fairness within and the impact it has on compliance with court orders and the law generally.

    Type: Report
  • Transforming Management of Young Adults in Custody

    August 2013

    This submission argues that there is the need for a distinct approach to young adults within custody and that this must be an approach that is proportionate to their maturity and responsive to their specific needs. :

    Type: Consultation
  • Personalisation in the Criminal Justice System

    March 2014

    This report highlights the key elements of personalisation and examines how an agenda focused on it could be achieved within a justice reinvestment model.

    Type: Report
  • Prosecuting Young Adults

    August 2013

    This study focuses on the inclusion of the concept of maturity into the new CPS Code and how it will work in practice.

    Type: Report
  • Transforming Rehabilitation: A revolution in the way we manage offenders

    February 2013

    The Criminal Justice Alliance strongly welcomed the Justice Secretary’s commitment to extending support to prisoners released after short sentences and the on-going focus on rehabilitation across prisons and community.

    Type: Consultation
  • Justice Committee Inquiry: Crime reduction policies: a co-ordinated approach?

    May 2013

    The CJA outlines our ambition for uptake of justice reinvestment principlesand areas where there is growing evidence of impact in terms of crime reduction and other positive outcomes, principally restorative justice and problem solving in the courts

    Type: Consultation
  • Challenging Assumptions: 10 common criminal justice myths 

    April 2013

    This short paper outlines ten widely held beliefs about the criminal justice system that the CJA believes need further thought and discussion

    Type: Briefing
  • Mental Health Treatment Requirements

    November 2012

    This report focuses on Mental Health Treatment Requirements and their ability to address a major cause of offending behaviour. It warns that the proposed changes may mean that the emphasis in community sentencing will no longer focus on addressing root causes of offending and the MHTR will remain underused.

    Type: Report
  • Police and Crime Commissioners Briefing 

    October 2012

    This briefing sets out 10 key issues for incoming PCCs in relation to their role in delivering community safety and reducing crime including: reducing reoffending; resettlement, employment and housing; restorative justice and mental health.

    Type: Briefing
  • Ministry of Justice Consultation: Swift and Sure Justice

    August 2012

    Minimising unnecessary and undue delays within the criminal justice system is something the Criminal Justice Alliance welcomes. Uncertainty around timings and court appearances alongside unnecessarily protracted cases can lead to increased expense, stress for victims and witnesses and cause anxiety and insecurity for offenders and their families and dependents.

    Type: Consultation
  • Delivering Justice: The role of the public, private and voluntary sectors in prisons and probation.

    May 2012

    This collection of essays on the role of the public, private and voluntary sectors within the criminal justice system, attempts to achieve a balance between those in favour of and those opposed to the current trend of marketisation of services. Contributors include Professor Alison Liebling, Dr. Ben Crewe; Helen Edwards, Director General of the MoJ’s Justice Policy Group and Heather Munro, Chief Executive of London Probation Trust.

    Type: Report
  • Reducing the Use of Imprisonment: What can we learn from Europe?

    May 2012

    This report analyses how several European countries, especially the Netherlands and Germany have seen a sharp decline in their prison populations over the last five years. It highlights several features in continental justice systems that are associated with a more moderate use of prison.

    Type: Report
  • Crowded out? The impact of prison overcrowding on rehabilitation

    March 2012

    This report provides evidence of the corrosive impact of prison overcrowding on the work of charities and organisations in prisons who provide rehabilitation in custody and through the gate services on release.

    Type: Report
  • Empty Cells or Empty Words? Government policy on reducing the number of women going to prison.

    March 2012

    This report considers how and why the female prison population has increased and what the consequences have been. This is followed by a review of past and current government attempts to reduce the number of women going to prison and what changes might be needed if the number of women entering prison is really to fall.

    Type: Report
  • Sentencing Young Adults: Getting it Right

    July 2011

    This Transition to Adulthood (T2A) report sets out current sentencing procedure for young adults, examines the case for considering maturity as part of the sentencing process and discusses what the benefits of this approach.

    Type: Report
  • Restorative Justice: Time for Action

    July 2011

    Restorative justice involves everyone affected in a crime talking together about its impact, and what needs to happen to repair the harm caused. It takes place at any stage of the criminal justice system and outside it, and has clear benefits: high victim satisfaction rates, reductions in reoffending and cost savings for the criminal justice system, yet it is rarely used.

    Type: Report
  • Response to ‘Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders’

    March 2011

    The CJA welcomes the emphasis on rehabilitation, wider availability of restorative justice, increased diversion for offenders with mental health problems, and the need for a joined-up approach to tackle these problems. However a sustained effort will be needed to successfully address prison overcrowding, the most significant, current problem for prisons.

    Type: Consultation
  • Criminal justice and government at a time of austerity by David Faulkner

    July 2010

    This discussion paper considers the development of criminal justice in England over the last 20 years, the policies leading to the current situation, and the issues facing the coalition government. It then reviews the implications of the period of austerity expected in all areas of public expenditure.

    Type: Report
  • Criminal Justice: Areas for Action

    January 2010

    This briefing recognises a fresh approach to criminal justice policy is long overdue and suggests twelve problem areas within the adult criminal justice system that need urgent attention in the new parliament.

    Type: Briefing
  • Transforming Justice: New approaches to the criminal justice system

    December 2009

    This collection of essays brings together experts on penal policy, including academics, campaigners and politicians, who put forward a selection of proposals that would radically change the criminal justice system.

    Type: Report