Prison Overcrowding and Operation Safeguard: Resultant Changes to Sentencing Practice

By Georgia-Mae Chung   Overcrowding in adult male prisons is a significant problem affecting the criminal justice system. The Government has responded to this by way of Operation Safeguard. On 30 November 2022, a statement was made in Parliament announcing the operation. The Ministry of Justice requested the use of 400 police cells to hold […]

Violence Against Women and Girls and Sentencing

A seminar in conjunction with Nottingham Law School.     This in person seminar begins at 5:30pm and is taking place at:   Room 1002 Chaucer Building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 5LT     The speakers at the event are:   Dr Felicity Gerry KC – International Criminal silk and […]

Knife Crime Prevention Orders: A Review of Associated Practical Issues

The Sentencing Academy has published a new paper by our Kalisher Trust intern, Georgia-Mae Chung, exploring the practical issues arising from the implementation of Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs).   The key issues identified in this paper are: – Uncertainty about their usefulness and whether they fulfil their purpose. – The low threshold for implementation […]

New Trustee Appointments

We are excited to announce the appointment of two new trustees to our Board.   Anna Draper is a former Kalisher Trust intern at the Academy and now joins the Board to strengthen our links to practice when she starts her pupillage at QEB Hollis Whiteman later this year and Peter Hungerford-Welch is a Professor […]

Current Issues in Sentencing, Policy and Research: A Summary

Following the well-attended Sentencing Seminar on the 13 January 2023 looking at current issues in sentencing policy and research in partnership with the Sentencing Council and The City Law School, a summary document has been produced outlining the key messages from each of the speakers and points raised in discussion with delegates.   For the […]

Sentencing Seminar Summary 2023

Following the well-attended Sentencing Seminar on the 13 January 2023 looking at current issues in sentencing policy and research in partnership with the Sentencing Council and The City Law School, a summary document has been produced outlining the key messages from each of the speakers and points raised in discussion with delegates.   Please click […]

The Use of AI in Sentencing and the Management of Offenders

This half day seminar is jointly hosted by the Alan Turing Institute, Northumbria University’s Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies and the Sentencing Academy.     This in person seminar begins at 13:00pm and is taking place at:   Enigma 2.0, British Library, 96 Euston Rd., London NW1 2DB     About this event: […]

Magistrates’ Association Publish Report on the Use of Out of Court Disposals

By Gavin Dingwall, Senior Research Fellow   In December 2022, the Magistrates’ Association published a report entitled Out of Court Disposals: Fit for purpose or in need of reform? (available here). The report is timely and raises questions of importance. In an ideal world there would be synergy between punishments imposed by the courts and […]

Current Issues in Sentencing Policy and Research

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales, in collaboration with the City Law School.     This in person seminar begins at 9:30am and is taking place at:   City Law School Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB     About this event:   The Sentencing Council for England and Wales, in collaboration with the City […]

Fines: A review of the sanction, its use and operation, and research evidence

By Dr Jay Gormley • Criminal fines are the most common criminal sanction and account for about 75% of principal sanctions issued by courts. As a principal sanction, fines are most commonly used for relatively less serious offences where an out of court disposal (OOCD) or discharge is not appropriate or possible. However, fines can […]