Published on 17 November 2015
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2011 is an important year for policing and the criminal justice system. Budgets are subject to significant cuts, reoffending is high and the Government is introducing a series of major reforms, from elected police commissioners to a “rehabilitation revolution”.
England and Wales have one of the most expensive criminal justice systems in the world. But savings will not be easy to achieve, particularly given a desire to preserve “front line” services. Reforming leaders, some of whom are here today, will re-think the structure of their services and understand that a desire to blindly preserve the “front line” could lead to further inefficiency.
Police and criminal justice reform have already been high priorities for the new Government. The Home Office has published a White Paper setting out plans for a new National Crime Agency and a Bill to introduce elected Policing and Crime Commissioners. Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, has outlined radical thinking on saving money in the criminal justice system, including reducing the prison population.
On Tuesday 1 Feburary 2011 around 100 delegates, from politics, public service, business and the third sector, and representing all major political parties, listened to and debated the presentations of 17 speakers. This provided the chance to hear the views of a range of leading figures and organisations and, in turn, provided these people with the opportunity to receive questions directly from a range of delegates.
A booklet containing think pieces from some speakers was published with the summit. This report contains a copy of the agenda of the day and the booklet that accompanied it.PDF DOWNLOAD