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From the ground up: promising criminal justice projects in the US and the UK

Paper that summarises the experiences of 10 innovative criminal justice projects across the United Kingdom and the United States.

Summing up: a strategic audit of the criminal justice system

Audit that looks at the performance of the principal justice agencies through the eyes of the victims and witnesses who use them.

There are many aspects of our justice system that are very positive – for example, the fall in crime and anxiety, and rise in public confidence – but this audit shows that despite these changes, victims and witnesses are still not treated as well as they should be.

Recorded crimes and offences involving firearms, Scotland, 2010-11

Bulletin that forms part of a series of bulletins produced by the Scottish Government on the criminal justice system.

It provides information on those crimes and offences recorded by the police in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved or where a firearm was stolen.

Rapid Evidence Assessment of the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions with persistent/prolific offenders in reducing re-offending

A Rapid Evidence Assessment was conducted to systematically review the UK and international literature to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for persistent and prolific offenders in reducing re-offending behaviour. The review, conducted by the Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology and the EPPI-Centre and funded by the Ministry of Justice, addressed one key question: Do criminal justice interventions for persistent/prolific offenders lead to a reduction in offending?

Equal but different?: An inspection of the use of alternatives to custody for women offenders

The increase in the female prison population between 1997 and 2000 caused such concern that it triggered a review of the existing initiatives for working with women. The subsequent report signalled the introduction of the Women’s Offending Reduction Programme which aimed to link strategic initiatives across government departments to address women’s offending and pursue alternatives to custody. This thematic inspection report was conducted by HMI Probation, HMCPSI and HMI Prisons.

Sentencing for sexual or violent offences against children and offences under S1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933

Report that seeks to address concerns that were initially raised by NSPCC supporters who were concerned that offenders may be receiving inappropriately short sentences for offences against children.

A review of the youth justice system in Northern Ireland

Review that was launched in 2010 by the Minister of Justice, David Ford, in furtherance of the Hillsborough Castle Agreement. Undertaken by an independent team of three people, its terms of reference were to critically assess the current arrangements for responding to youth crime and make recommendations for how these might be improved within the wider context of, among other things, international obligations, best practice and financially uncertain future.

The role of the probation service: eighth report of session 2010-12 (Volume 1)

Probation is an essential part of the criminal justice system and at its best the probation service delivers community sentences which are tough, challenging offenders to change their offending lifestyles.

Report on the session 2010-12.

Restorative justice: time for action

The overuse of custody in the past two decades has resulted in an overburdened and ineffective prison system. In spite of record spending, re-offending rates remain high and public confidence in the criminal justice system low. This report highlights how at a time of austerity, resources need to be focused on responses to offending that are efficient and effective, and which also meet the needs of victims and communities.

Making the case for the social sciences: crime (No. 4)

Booklet, which is the fourth in a series, which offers 'tasters' of social science research projects, which have had an impact on public policy or social behaviour, and helped society to use some of the opportunities now available to address the challenges being faced. This one is based around why people turn to crime.