As part of the Strategy and Insight Team at Crest, James works with a range of clients as a manager and lead analyst on research and consultancy projects. He shapes qualitative and quantitative to use evidence to inform and challenge current approaches to key issues in the criminal justice system; so far this has included serious violence and youth safety, female offending, out-of-court disposals and diversion, county lines and extremism.
Most recently, James has completed a 9-month research project into the use of out-of-court disposals and diversion at the ‘front end’ of the criminal justice system, using a range of methods, including a qualitative deepdive in a large police force and nationally representative survey, to inform nineteen recommendations for national and local stakeholders.
James ensures projects successfully navigate the stakeholder landscape, with particular emphasis on ensuring service user voice is integrated wherever possible. More broadly, his professional interests include serious violence prevention and participatory policy making.
James studied Law, graduating in 2019 from King’s College London, where his research focused on public law, democratic engagement and legal history.
Supporting a police force in the development of a strategy and Theory of Change to prevent serious violence
Providing policy support and developing drafting instructions for crime and justice legislation
Undertaking Strategic Needs Assessments on Serious Violence for a police force in England and two inner London boroughs.