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Monday 05 December 2016

British Journal of Community Justice

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The BJCJ is a peer reviewed journal with three issues per annual volume published jointly by De Montfort and Sheffield Hallam Universities.


The journal articulates, interrogates and debates research, theory, policy and practice and their interrelationships in the new domain of Community Justice and contains

  • Articles by practitioners, policy makers and academics conveying the latest in thinking and findings in this fast growing arena

  • Book reviews accessing all that is new and relevant in the field of Community Justice

  • Community Justice files: latest news, reports and information exchange on what is happening in the field



The journal is now in its 14th volume of publication.  To view a list of the papers published by the BJCJ, please click on the relevant Volume number of the menu to the left.  If you are interested in submitting material to the BJCJ, please see our 'Information for Contributors' page.


Subscriptions are available to the BJCJ as follows:


Institutional Subscriptions

  • 1 year subscription (Vol 14) £130

  • 2 year subscription (Vol 14 and 15) £240


Individual Subscriptions

  • 1 year subscription (Vol 14) £45

  • 2 year subscription (Vol 14 and 15) £80


Student Subscriptions

  • 2 year subscription (Vol 14 and 15) £50


**NEW** Online-only Subscription

  • 1 year subscription (Vol 14) £30


All subscribers receive a hard copy of the Journal, and free 24/7 access to the Online version via the Community Justice Portal.

To subscribe please click here.

For further information on the British Journal of Community Justice please contact us on      

Issue 15.1 Call for Papers: The Corston Report - 10 Years On

The Corston Report - a review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system, was published in March 2007.  Of the report's recommendations, 41 (of 43) were accepted by the then Labour Government.  Since the report, a general consensus has emerged amongst policy makers and practitioners that female offenders frequently have multiple and complex problems. The extent of their need is frequently greater than for male offenders and their vulnerabilities are more widespread.  Baroness Corston's vision for the creation of a “distinct, radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach” has been trialled across England and Wales and has led to the development of a burgeoning evidence base around effective practice, albeit variable in robustness.

The up-coming 10th anniversary of the report in March 2017, provides an opportunity to reflect on: the diverse impacts of the report on policy and practice; how structural changes such as the contracting out of offender management services under the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms has affected provision for women offenders; and how the recently announced changes to the prison system by David Cameron - proposing what some commentators have termed 'academy prisons' may affect women and girls in the criminal justice system.

The editors of the Journal invite submissions for a special issue which will reflect on these changes and consider what is needed to improve provision for women and girls in the criminal justice system. Whilst focusing primarily on what is happening in England and Wales, 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.

We intend to publish in March 2017, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Corston report.  Articles and Thought Pieces are welcomed from academics, researchers, policy development advisers, managers and practitioners, working or involved in any aspect of Criminal or Community Justice.  They should be submitted to Jess Bamonte, the BJCJ Administrator via email on by 30th September 2016 and will be subject to our normal journal review process.  If you wish to discuss a potential piece prior to formal submission please contact BJCJ co-Editors: Jean Hine ( and Kevin Wong (

Further information for contributors can be accessed here, or by contacting the BJCJ Administrator, Jess Bamonte on