Prison is Expensive – Worth Remembering When We Oppose Parole

“Shocking cases [such as David McGreavy – who was sentenced to life in prison in 1973 with a minimum tariff of 20 years, following the murder and mutilation of three children -] prompt questions about whether mandatory life sentences for those who kill are suitable: should we lock up murderers for good and throw away the key? Or would a gentler system of restorative justice, such as in Norway, bring benefits to both the imprisoned and society?”

 

Tawney Bennett, Law Lecturer, discusses on The Conversation.

Knife Crime and Homicide Figures Reveal the Violence of Austerity

“The latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) offer a grim outlook on the state of criminal justice in England and Wales. Almost as if to head off criticism, the bulletin starts: ‘Over recent decades, we’ve seen continued falls in overall levels of crime but in the last year the trend has been more stable’.

Isn’t that an odd way of introducing a rise in serious violent offences?”

Professor James Treadwell explores whether ‘Knife Crime and Homicide Figures Reveal the Violence of Austerity’ on The Conversation.

Danske Bank: the story of Europe’s biggest money laundering scandal

“It is clear that Danske Bank has failed to live up to its responsibility in the case of possible money laundering in Estonia.

So said Thomas Borgen, CEO of Denmark’s biggest financial institution, when he resigned after admitting that around €200 billion of questionable money flowed through the Danish bank’s Estonian branch from 2007-15.”

Sean Curley, the Dean of the School of Law, Policing and Forensics at Staffordshire University, discusses Europe’s biggest money laundering scandal on The Conversation. Click here to read the full article.

Monkey Dust mayhem: the English city reportedly at the centre of a drug-fuelled ‘epidemic’

Sarah Page, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, has written an article about the reported Monkey Dust epidemic for The Conversation. “Our ongoing research raises questions about how widespread and localised use of the drug really is.” You can read the full article here

You can also watch Sarah discussing this on our YouTube Playlist here

Healthy Relationships Education Offers a Real Chance to Reduce Domestic Violence

As part of the new-style sex education curriculum, school pupils will soon start learning about healthy intimate relationships – which could help to significantly reduce future domestic abuse in the UK. In recent research we did on this issue we spoke to various professionals who work with victims of domestic abuse. One of them told us that they believe healthy relationships education needs to be “taught in schools from a young age”.

Read Sarah Page and Dr Em Temple-Malt’s full article for The Conversation here.

We’ve Discovered a Way to Recover DNA From Fingerprints without Destroying Them

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, Dr Sarah Fieldhouse, has written a piece for The Conversation about discovering a way to recover DNA from fingerprints without destroying them.

“Fingerprints hold a lot more information than you might realise. They don’t just provide a pattern with which to identify people. They can also contain DNA. And as neither DNA nor fingerprints are infallible ways of working out who was at a location, combining both pieces of evidence could be vital for investigators.

The problem is that forensic scientists usually have to choose between one or the other, as recovering DNA can mean destroying the fingerprint and vice versa. However, my colleagues and I have discovered a new method that could collect both types of evidence at once.” Read the full article here.

The Science that Could Revolutionise Time Measurements in Forensic Investigations

Dr Graham Williams, Head of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, discusses how new research ‘findings have made great contributions to the area of “temporal forensics”, some of which could vastly improve our understanding of what happens to our bodies after we die’. The full article, on The Conversation, can be accessed here.

Spike in London Murders Can’t Be Reversed By New York-Style Police Crackdown Alone

With the media focus on the rise in London murders, Professor James Treadwell has written an article, for The Conversation, addressing the issues surrounding the comparisons with murders in New York. 

“A spike in murders in London that saw more people killed in the city in February and March than in New York, has provided newspapers with some sensational headlines. […] While comparisons between murders in New York and London make for a good story, simplistic headlines based on one-dimensional readings of statistics can be seriously misleading”. Read the full article on here.

McMafia is Not What Most Organised Crime in Britain Really Looks Like

‘McMafia’s unremitting focus on business and financial jargon has helped to challenge the portrayal of organised crime as being all about blue-collar crimes related to drugs importation and people smuggling. McMafia is instead rooted in the white-collar crimes associated with corporate finance. That is laudable. Yet despite this, the show continues the trend of showing organised crime through the prism of globalisation, technological shifts and international criminal networks. By doing so, it paints a partial and, frankly, traditional picture.’ – Read Professor James Treadwell (Staffordshire University) and David Wilson’s (Birmingham City University) full article on The Conversation