Crime & Justice

  • Crime & Justice

    "smart on crime"

    Developing new crime policies that are cost-effective, evidence-led, and credible with the public.

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  • Swift and Certain

    Prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, could be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.  Read more

    Swift and certain punishment
  • The Estate We're In

    Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. Estate Recovery Teams should be established to work with local leaders in identifying and tackling the deep-rooted and acute social problems which affect individual estates.

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    Sink Estates
  • David Lammy MP - we must tackle property crime

    David Lammy MP, Policy Exchange's newly appointed Visiting Fellow, reveals that half of all property crime results in "no further action" from the Metropolitan Police. With property crime affecting people from all backgrounds, but particularly the low paid and most disadvantaged, Lammy calls for property crime to be tackled head on. Read more

    Property Crime
  • Future Courts

    Magistrates should dispense justice inside police stations at peak times – including evenings and weekends – and be put in charge of the administration of out-of-court disposals, as part of a radical drive to speed up the operation of the criminal justice system.

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    Future Courts

Latest Crime & Justice In the news

  • 10 February 2015 | Killers and rapists win human rights victory at Strasbourg

    • The Daily Telegraph quotes Glyn Gaskarth extensively from his recent blog on the European Court of Human Rights' ruling that prisoners in the UK should be allowed to vote. Glyn set out 4 reasons in his blog why he disagreed, including that the judgement forgets the victims of serious crime, as well as misconceptions from the ECtHR on how the ban on prisoner voting actually works in the UK.

  • 08 December 2014 | Criminals breaching community orders 'should be jailed for a week'

    • The Telegraph covers Policy Exchange's new Swift and Certain report. The report calls for prolific criminals who breach the their community sentences to be sent to jail for up to a week under a proposed new regime which would speed up justice and ensure that offenders would be certain of the consequences of their actions.

Latest Crime & Justice Publications

  • 03 March 2015 | Taking Its Toll: The regressive impact of property crime in Britain

    • Authored by Rt Hon David Lammy MP, MP for Tottenham and prospective Labour candidate for London Mayor, Taking Its Toll says that an unaddressed property crime pandemic is sweeping Britain. Despite accounting for 75% of all recorded crime, the police and the courts have been turning a blind eye, Lammy states.

  • 08 December 2014 | Swift and Certain: A new paradigm for criminal justice

    • Swift and Certain calls for prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, to potentially be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.

Latest Crime & Justice Blogs

  • 24 February 2015 | Prison Works

    • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, examines Nick Clegg's recent speech saying that he wants fewer offenders to be sent to jail.

  • 10 February 2015 | Law breakers should not influence law makers

    • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, sets out four reasons why the European Court of Human Rights was wrong to dictate that UK prisoners should be able to vote in elections.

Latest Crime & Justice Event

  • 24 November 2014 | The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize, awarded to ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to award the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize to former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner of the New York Police Department in its history - and one of the best known and respected policemen in the world. He was the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.

  • 09 June 2014 | Swift and Certain Punishment: Innovative ways to reduce reoffending

    • American Friends of Policy Exchange is delighted to host Judge Steven S. Alm, creator of Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) programme, for a lecture and discussion on how ‘swift and certain’ punishment can dramatically reduce reoffending.