Criminal Justice reform

Criminal justice and emergency service reform has been particularly active in this Parliament, partly due to the financial pressure imposed on these services.

Reform’s previous research projects include:

  • Continuing reform of the fire and rescue service workforce. This research will consider the scope for reforming the fire service workforce to match the population’s changing demands. While the number of incidents attended by the fire service has reduced dramatically over the last decade, the workforce remains relatively unchanged. Using recent DCLG workforce and fire incident data, the research will consider the financial savings that could be made through workforce reform, and highlight good practice in the UK and abroad.
  • The future of prisons. Overcrowding, rising levels of violence and stubbornly high reoffending rates raise key questions about the role and efficacy of prison. The Coalition Government are attempting to reduce reoffending rates through their Transforming Rehabilitation programme, but have put a stop to the prison privatisation programme, despite the need to deliver cost savings. Absent a reduction in demand for prison places, the current custodial estate is not sustainable in its current form. Reform is looking at the extent to which prisons are delivering against their objectives, what the changing composition of the prison population means for the custodial estate and how government can deliver better value for money in this area.