I’m Richard Garside and I’m the director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in London.

This is my personal blog, covering a range of subjects including political economy, social justice and criminal justice in the UK. It is not currently active. If you want to keep up to date with my commentary, please visit by Centre for Crime and Justice Studies staff page.

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  1. Dear Mr Garside,

    I am writing to you in the hope of getting your view on the age of criminal responsibility (ACR) in the UK.

    I have been following the work of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and read your work on youth justice and New Labour while writing my law dissertation. I would truly value your opinion.

    My name is Oliver Nieburg, a freelance journalist and newspaper journalism MA student at City University, London.

    Recently, I set up the website youthwithoutjustice.co.uk with another student and I am writing my MA project, a journalistic piece, on ACR. The piece is a 5,000 word feature article as part of my final Masters project and will be pitched to the nationals upon completion. It is of course up to them whether or not they choose to run the piece. I have more details in a pdf document I would be happy to send.

    So far I have interviewed the CEO of the Youth Research Forum who argues ACR could, in theory, be lowered to seven, since children, he argues, understand right from wrong at this age and I am meeting with a representative from the Prison Reform Trust tomorrow.

    I would be interested in your view of your wealth of experience in youth justice. Perhaps we could arrange to speak sometime soon?

    Thank you for your time.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Oliver Nieburg

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