For some, 'community justice' conjures up images of vigilantism and mob rule. Others see it as a way of making criminal justice systems more responsive to local concerns.
This report analyses the potential and limits of community justice approaches. While acknowledging the indispensable role of formal procedures and professionals, it argues that giving the Criminal Justice System a more local face and engaging more people in it, could increase confidence in the system, reduce concerns about crime, and lessen pressures for ever more punitive policies.
Drawing lessons from international and home-grown initiatives, this report also makes a series of concrete recommendations as to how to how the Criminal Justice System in general, and the courts and probation in particular, could be brought closer to the people they exist to serve.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.