17-June-20 Interview with a Crown Court Judge

Today’s blog is an interview with a ‘Circuit Judge’ who acts as a Crown Court Judge in England and Wales.  The interview explores a typical day; route into the job; enabling justice for victims and defendants; and the impact of the COVID-lockdown.  My sincere thanks to the contributor for their time in preparing this. WhatContinue reading “17-June-20 Interview with a Crown Court Judge”

12-June-20 Solving Crimes

I have been reading Martha Gever’s chapter (reproduced in McLaughlin and Muncie, 2013) on the ‘spectacle of crime’ in relation to the American TV series CSI: Crime Series Investigation.  One phrase in particular set me thinking.  Gever talks of “…the flux of visual imagery that harnesses the quest for scientific truths to scenes of veryContinue reading “12-June-20 Solving Crimes”

8-June-20 The Impact of COVID-19 on Sex Workers

This was first published by the author on 8 June 2020 in LSE COVID-19 Social Policy, a blog by the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2019, I co-authored a Home Office-commissioned report with colleagues at the University of Bristol on the nature and prevalence of prostitution and sex work in England andContinue reading “8-June-20 The Impact of COVID-19 on Sex Workers”

27-May-20 Words, Ideas, Harm

In my last post (Crimmigration 20-May-2020), I said that “a simple stroke of the bureaucratic pen” can create significant suffering. This suffering may ripple through lives and communities for some time, much of it undocumented. In my own research (working also with colleagues at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research), I record and seekContinue reading “27-May-20 Words, Ideas, Harm”

21-May-20 Crimmigration

In an interview on Channel 4 News this week, Karolina Gerlich, executive director of The Care Workers’ Charity – and herself a care worker – was interviewed alongside Conservative MP Caroline Nokes about the points-based immigration bill, voted through the House Of Commons on Monday evening.  Immigrants need to be designated ‘skilled workers’ and earnContinue reading “21-May-20 Crimmigration”

19-May-20 Public Inquiries and Scandal

‘Calls for a public inquiry’ is a phrase we hear increasingly.  Early in the pandemic crisis for example, there were demands for inquiries into the Government’s response. Public inquiries are set up to establish disputed facts, determine accountability, restore public confidence… prevent recurrence of events and tak[e] forward public policy” (House of Lords Select CommitteeContinue reading “19-May-20 Public Inquiries and Scandal”

14-May-20 Interview with a Family Court Magistrate

Today’s blog is an interview with a Family Court Magistrate in England and Wales, exploring: a typical day, how magistrates seek to promote the best interests of the child, and the early impact of the COVID-lockdown.  My sincere thanks to the contributor for their time in preparing this. What does a typical day look likeContinue reading “14-May-20 Interview with a Family Court Magistrate”

13-May-20 Fragile Masculinity

My new bedtime read is The Tesseract by Alex Garland (1998).  It tells the story of gangsters, mothers and children in Manila, through four interweaving story-lines.  I am only a quarter in, just starting the second story-line.  The first introduced the character of Don Pepe, a ruthless gang lord who runs various protection rackets.  WeContinue reading “13-May-20 Fragile Masculinity”

5-May-20 Password-Spraying

Today it was reported that “The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have seen large-scale ‘password spraying’ campaigns against healthcare bodies and medical research organisations” (NCSC, 5 May 2020).  ‘Password spraying’ is an attempt to access a large number of accounts using commonly known passwords.  Apparently, theseContinue reading “5-May-20 Password-Spraying”

30-Apr-20 Court System Under Lockdown

The court system is not known for its speed (due process, rather than crime control, remember) and the pandemic will exacerbate this further.  The Institute for Government (IfG) reports that “the coronavirus lockdown has seen courtrooms closed for all but a small number of priority cases and jury trials are suspended altogether”.  Their research suggestsContinue reading “30-Apr-20 Court System Under Lockdown”

29-Apr-20 Counterfeiting

Continuing in the vein of transnational crimes this week, it is worth noting how criminals are responding to the pandemic and switching into counterfeit PPE and medical supplies.  In normal times, there are established suppliers and distribution chains to manage, for example, the respirator mask needs of the health and social care sector.  But sinceContinue reading “29-Apr-20 Counterfeiting”

27-Apr-20 Violence Against Women as Torture

I am drawing across two lecture topics delivered this week – torture and violence against women – to raise a question about definitions and power.  What we include in definitions matter; the boundary between what is ‘in’ and what is ’out’ has material impact.  So when we are trying to think critically, we should alwaysContinue reading “27-Apr-20 Violence Against Women as Torture”

23-Apr-20 The Innocence Files

Some you may now be watching the new Netflix series on wrongful convictions, ‘The Innocence Files’.  This new documentary considers the cases of individuals (young Black men in the first two episodes) convicted wrongly in the 1980s and 1990s in the US. It focuses on three areas: misuse of forensic evidence, false eyewitness testimony andContinue reading “23-Apr-20 The Innocence Files”

22-Apr-20 COVID-19 and Green Criminology

There has been much media coverage about the impact of the global lockdown on the environment. Satellite pictures are showing dramatic declines in air pollution; wildlife is repopulating clearing lakes and canals; animals have started to reclaim urban streets and towns; flights have been grounded and the price of crude oil has plummeted as demandContinue reading “22-Apr-20 COVID-19 and Green Criminology”

20-Apr-20 Terrorist Financing

It is difficult to mount a terrorism operation and certainly to run a terrorist organisation, without people, knowledge and money.  Indeed, there is much in common between licit and illicit organisations.  It’s why both management experts and criminologists have useful insights to offer on organised crime such as county lines, human trafficking operations or theContinue reading “20-Apr-20 Terrorist Financing”