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Community Justice Portal 12th Annual Public Lecture: Criminal justice in the new parliament – what role for restorative justice?

Jon Collins

Thursday 21st May 2015, 18:00 - 19:45


Peak Lecture Theatre

City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University



The Community Justice Portal 12th Annual Public Lecture was given by Jon Collins, CEO of the Restorative Justice Council.

This lecture explored the prospects for restorative justice following the May 2015 general election, within the context of recent and anticipated reforms of the criminal justice system. The lecture summarised recent changes to the criminal justice system thematically, with a particular focus on restorative justice. This, and an analysis of the general election manifestos, formed the basis of an assessment of the expected future direction of criminal justice policy under the new government and the role that restorative justice is likely to play. Situated within a broader analysis of criminal justice reform, the lecture explored opportunities for restorative justice to be better integrated into the justice system and examine the barriers to moving a restorative approach from the margins into the mainstream.

About Jon Collins             

Jon Collins is the Chief Executive Officer of the Restorative Justice Council, the independent membership body for the field of restorative practice. The RJC sets standards for restorative practice and provides quality assurance and a national voice advocating its widespread use. Jon joined the RJC in May 2014 having previously been deputy director of the Police Foundation, an independent policing think tank. Before that he had worked at the Criminal Justice Alliance, the Fawcett Society and Nacro.

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BJCJ Call for Papers

Special Issue: Taking Stock of Youth Justice

These are interesting times for youth justice in England and Wales.  The number of young offenders convicted by the courts has fallen dramatically over the last few years, as has the number of young offenders in custody, and yet political debate about how to respond to offending by young people continues apace.  The current coalition government has given greater freedom of contact to youth offending teams and yet committed to building a large secure college for young offenders.  It has abolished antisocial behaviour orders, but has replaced these with a range of alternative options in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  At the same time it can be argued a range of social and economic policies have impacted disproportionately on young people, increasing their risk of involvement in criminal activity.


The Labour opposition has announced that it plans to extend the remit of youth offending teams and the youth justice board to include 19 and 20 year old young people.  The media seem little interested in the fall in youth crime but continue to sensationalise particular and uncommon serious crimes by young people, such as the tragic murder of school teacher Ann Maguire.


With an imminent general election now is a good time to reflect on the changes and proposals and take stock of where we are and the likely impact of these possible futures.  The editors of the Journal invite submissions for a special issue which will reflect on recent developments and consider what is needed to improve the youth justice system, however this might be defined.  Whilst focusing primarily on what is happening in England, we would welcome contributions which reflect on the situation in other countries in the UK and internationally, particularly identifying what we might learn from the experience of other countries. 


The remit for this special issue is purposely broad to attract wide ranging contributions.  We intend a speedy turnaround with an intention to publish in summer 2015.  Articles and Thought Pieces are welcomed from academics, researchers, policy development advisers, managers and practitioners, working or involved in any aspect of the Community Justice field.  They should be submitted to Jess Bamonte, the Journal Administrator via email on by 11th May 2015 and will be subject to our normal journal review process.  If you wish to discuss a potential piece prior to formal submission by all means contact Jean Hine (


Information for contributors can be found here.


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Brian Williams Memorial Prize 2014

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Holt, Sheffield Hallam University, has been awarded the Brian Williams Memorial Prize for 2014. 

Sarah's article, based on her dissertation An Exploration of the Impacts that Experiencing Domestic Violence Can Have on a Child's Primary School Education: View of Educational Staff will appear in Volume 14 of the BJCJ.

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