The Centre for Crime Prevention was founded to campaign for an evidence-based approach to sentencing and policing.

There are a large number of charities and campaign groups in the UK arguing that prison is ineffective, or that policing should be more restrained. There are many charities working full-time for the interests of criminals and prisoners. Few make the case for zero tolerance policing or tougher sentencing. Few represent victims and potential victims of crime.

This is in spite of overwhelming evidence that probation, community sentencing and releasing prisoners while they are still a threat to the public fails - and prison works. It is also in spite of public opinion, which is consistently on the side of evidence-based criminal justice policies.

The Director of the Centre for Crime Prevention is Peter Cuthbertson. The Research Director is David Spencer.

The CCP aims to:
  • uncover the facts about how many serious and repeat offenders avoid prison every year
  • counter naive wishful thinking that puts vulnerable people at risk by failing to incarcerate those who are a danger to others
  • support beat-based zero tolerance policing
  • put victims of crime and law abiding citizens first.

Write for the Centre for Crime Prevention

If you are interested in writing a report for us, please email for more information. This may be a particularly attractive opportunity for people working in the political world, or postgraduate students, who feel passionate about crime and justice and wish to be published.

You will receive guidance in finding datasets, making Freedom of Information requests and drafting the report itself, but the ability to work without supervision is important. You may already have a good idea for the topic from personal experience or knowledge of an issue, or you may develop ideas from looking through data.

Experience handling the media is not required, but a good eye for a story is. Statistical training and a familiarity with MS Excel (e.g. COUNTIF, VLOOKUP) will be especially useful.