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Global partnership yields fresh insights on over-use of imprisonment

What explains the world’s rising prisoner numbers? Does prison overcrowding impact public health? How has the pandemic affected prisoners and ...

New research reveals devastating impact of pandemic on prisoners

The prisons research team at the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London has published ...

Research Reveals Legal Practitioners Receive Limited Or No Professional Training On Preparing Witness Statements

The report highlights the pressing need to have mandatory training for legal practitioners as well as detailed guidance for individuals who are self-representing in court.

The Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill: A crisis of legitimacy? Blog by Professor Mike Hough

The Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill is an extensive piece of legislation. Many provisions can be thought of as ...

Exploring global disparities in criminal sentencing

ICPRs latest comparative research on the sentencing of burglary, drug importation and murder highlights vast disparities between different jurisdictions in their approaches to custodial sentencing across a range of offences. Here, Catherine Heard discusses some of the most striking disparities.

New research reveals vast international disparities in criminal sentences

ICPR has published a report revealing vast disparities between countries in their approaches to criminal sentencing, with important implications for justice reform.

Is the IPP sentence turning into the Ministry of Justice’s own Windrush scandal?

Professor Mike Hough, Emeritus Professor and Founder of Birkbeck’s Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR) explains how thousands of prisoners are still facing injustice, ten years after IPPs’ failings were first exposed, and endorses latest demands for action