21st century justice

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.

Speakers were:

  • Damian Green MP, Minister of State for Immigration
  • Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister of State for Justice
  • Sir Hugh Orde OBE QPM, President, Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Nick Gargan, Chief Executive, National Policing Improvement Agency
  • Helen Edwards, Director General, Justice Policy Group, Ministry of Justice
  • Savas Hadjipavlou, Head, Partnerships and Health Strategy Unit, Ministry of Justice
  • Mike Maiden, Chief Executive, Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust
  • Kevin Lockyer, Director of Services, Nacro
  • Chris Ledgard, Director, Central Government, Collinson Grant
  • Blair Gibbs, Head, Crime and Justice, Policy Exchange and former Advisor to Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP
  • John Samuels QC, Chair, Prisoners’ Education Trust
  • Laura King, Global People Partner, Clifford Chance
  • David Banks, Managing Director, Care and Justice Services, G4S
  • Oliver Bretz, Partner, EU Head of Public Policy, Clifford Chance
  • David Sturman, Senior Consultant, Collinson Grant
  • Les Murray, Director, Collinson Grant

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.