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Essays on social justice and criminal justice

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at Kings College London has published a set of essays based on contributions and papers from a two day conference held by the Centre earlier this year.

This collection of essays from more than 20 researchers and academics highlights how the government has failed to tackle deep-rooted social injustice. Published as part of our Harm and Society project, the collection explores themes such as the impact of historically high levels of inequality, endemic violence against women and the increasing reliance on criminal justice measures to manage social problems.

Table of contents below the fold.


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Blair Pledges Post-Election Crime Crackdown

The Scotsman 10 March 05
Tony Blair today pledged a ?step change in the fight against crime and disorder? if Labour are re-elected.[…] Arise in the minimum age for buying knives and replica guns from 16 to 18 was promised. […Clarke] promised further increases in community support officers to provide ?neighbourhood policing? for every community. An expansion in drug treatment and testing, a system today criticised by a committee of MPs, was also promised. Binge drinking would be tackled with a ?three strikes? policy barring repeat troublemakers from town centres. And Mr Clarke promised to continue the battle against anti-social behaviour.

Home Office to review murder laws

BBC News Online: Wednesday, 27 October 2004

A review of the murder laws is to begin next year, Home Secretary David Blunkett has told MPs. The examination, which will be led by the Home Office, was announced during the debate on the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill in the Commons. It follows a Law Commission report published in August, which described the current murder law as a “mess”. Mr Blunkett said the legislation had to be “clear, comprehensive and fair” to “ensure public confidence”. In its report, the Law Commission said it had found wide support among criminal justice professionals for an end to the mandatory life sentence for murder. The panel suggested different kinds of murders could be “graded” to recognise the seriousness of the offence. But the Home Office said then mandatory life sentences would not be abolished and argued courts already had flexibility.