Crime & Justice
Crime & Justice
"smart on crime"
Developing new crime policies that are cost-effective, evidence-led, and credible with the public.
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.
Matthew Perry on drugs courts
Policy Exchange was delighted to host Friends star Matthew Perry to speak about the US experience with problem-solving courts and its relevance for UK drugs and criminal justice policy. Perry spoke frankly about his own problems with addiction and gave a passionate case for how drugs courts can help cut offending and improve lives.
Police and Crime Commissioners, one year on
One year on from the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner elections, Policy Exchange has published a collection of essays by a cross-party group of PCCs sharing their perspectives on their first year in office, highlighting the key initiatives they are leading and outlining the challenges and opportunities facing policing.
A plan for a cheaper, more effective justice system
The election of the first 41 PCCs presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the balance of power in the criminal justice system. Power Down sets forth a series of responsibilities that should gradually be devolved to PCCs and recommends that 10 existing PCCs volunteer to pilot these new responsibilities on an accelerated timeframe.