Challenges for criminal justice in the age of austerity
29 June 2011
Ministry of Justice and University Research Centre Explores the Challenges For Criminal Justice in the Age of Austerity - Friday 24 June 2011.
The Green Paper published in December 2010 - Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders (Cm 7972) – sets out a range of proposals which, if implemented, will radically alter the terrain of the Criminal Justice System. The proposals contained in the Green Paper suggest a series of reforms to policy and practice in the punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders, which would have far reaching implications for a wide number of statutory and non statutory agencies involved in delivering services to individuals and communities.
Given the significance of the changes included in the Green Paper, academics from LJMU's Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion organised and facilitated a one day symposium exploring the implications of the Green Paper. Over 30 key stakeholders, from statutory and non statutory organisations working in the criminal justice sector,in the North West, attended the event which was held in the School of Humanities and Social Science.
After a welcome from Dr Joe Yates, co-director of the CCSE, the event commenced with a keynote presentation by a senior official from the Ministry of Justice Helen Judge, Director, Criminal Policy. This was followed by workshops around key issues covered in the Green Paper including Community Justice, Community Penalties and Sentencing, Payment by Results, and Youth Justice. Each workshop was delivered by a member of academic staff from LJMU and/or a representative from the policy and practice community.
The event closed with a plenary session, chaired by involving both reports back from workshops and a Q&A session with all workshop ‘leaders'.
Helen Judge, Director, Criminal Policy, Ministry of Justice commented:
"The quality and depth of discussion at this event was very high and the experience that different people brought was instructive. Public policy is without doubt better for being informed by this sort of event. It was especially useful in helping us to think about next steps for payment by results and preventing young people reoffending".
Victoria Latham, PBR Team, Ministry of Justice added:
"Extremely constructive day. Great session on payment by results which will be really useful to policy development".