Category Archives: Justice

IPPR: Justice reinvestment in practice

An IPPR report suggests that local authorities, rather than prisons, are best placed to tackle re-offending among minor criminals. Tough community sentences managed by local councils can tackle the causes of crime...

Westminster and local justice

Parliament still has a significant influence on law and order as important areas of justice policy are not devolved. The devolution of policing and justice in April 2010 was a major step...

Crime rates summary

The latest figures show a decline in crime, but drug offences are increasing. Stephen Dineen looks at recent trends. Crime fell by 2.3 per cent between April-December 2011 compared with the same...

Safety without walls

Peter Cheney reviews the Justice Minister’s plans for community safety, including fewer walls on the interfaces. Interface communities who want to remove barriers will get help from government, under the Department of...

Policing and rights

Basil McCrea updates agendaNi on the Policing Board’s work on human rights and professional standards. Far from being an abstract idea, human rights can be practically applied in policing on the ground....

Reviewing prisons

Northern Ireland’s prisons are too focused on controlling rather than changing inmates, according to several critical reports. Peter Cheney summarises the ongoing prison review and looks at why reform has been held...

Youth justice reviewed

Youth justice in Northern Ireland is currently being reviewed. Emma Blee reports on the key issues to be addressed. The age that children are held legally accountable for crime and the way...