2010 – 2011 Community or Custody: A National Enquiry
In 2010 Make Justice Work commissioned an independent and objective National Enquiry set up to ask criminal justice practitioners and experts around the country which works best – community or custody?
The terms of reference for the enquiry were:
The enquiry was chaired by leading broadcaster and columnist Peter Oborne and led by six renowned experts who have each had distinguished careers across a broad spectrum of issues intersecting with the criminal justice system:
- Lord Blair, Former Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police
- Roma Hooper, Director and Founder of Make Justice Work
- Paul McDowell, Chief Executive of Nacro
- Dame Anne Owers, Former Chief Inspector of Prisons
- Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Victim Support
- John Thornhill, Chair of the Magistrates Association
All four national enquires have now been held, the first looked at an Intensive Alternative to Custody programme in Manchester, the second was held in Bradford focusing on the Together Women Project, the third was held in Leicester looking at the Criminal Justice Drugs Team (CJDT) and the last took place in London and focused on the work of Together’s Forensic Mental Health Team services.
National Commission of Enquiry Document Downloads
- Intensive Alternative to Custody in Greater Manchester
- Together Women Programme in Bradford
- Criminal Justice Drugs Team Leicester
- Criminal Justice Drugs Team Leicester Summary
- Together: Mental Health Forensic Services – Summary Record
- National Enquiry – Interim Report
- National Enquiry – The Final Report
National Commission of Enquiry, views from the Panel and Testimony from London
Make Justice Work’s response to Parliamentarian Justice Policy Reviews and Submission to the Leveson Enquiry
MJW’s Parliamentary Briefing for Members of the House of Lords. Oral Question, Mothers in Prison (July 2012)
Make Justice Work deeply regrets the lack of progress made since 2007 to reduce the overall number of women in prison – the overall female prison population has fallen by just over 200 in the last five years. MJW believes effective, robust and demanding
community sentences should be used more widely by sentencers when dealing with women offenders who have committed lower level and non-violence offences.
Make Justice Work (MJW) welcomes the community sentence review and particularly the emphasis on the value of effective community sentences, restorative justice and the best use of electronic monitoring.
MJW’s response to the government’s Green Paper ‘Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders’ (March, 2011)
Make Justice Work (MJW) warmly welcomes the progressive proposals set out in the Green Paper, and particularly the emphasis on the value of effective community sentences and restorative justice, as well as the need to take seriously the needs of victims.
MJW’s responds to Labour’s consultation ‘Punishment and Reform: What Works to Protect the Public and Stop Crime?’ (January, 2012)
MJW recommends that a presumption against the use of prison sentences of less than six months should be built into sentencing guidelines, following the new legislation in Scotland.
MJW urges the Leveson Inquiry to be bold and seize the opportunity to affect a sea change in the culture and ethics of the British media.