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Examining the case for justice devolution

Report author: Harvey Redgrave

Wednesday 14 December 2016


In a world of rising demand and shrinking budgets, justice devolution is firmly on the agenda and there is growing interest in and support for the idea of a more localised justice system.

Harvey Redgrave’s report for the think tank GovernUp argues that it no longer makes sense for government to continue tinkering around the edges, attempting top-down reform of individual criminal justice agencies from above. Instead, local leaders should be empowered to join up services from the bottom up – in order to deal with the root cause of crime – rather than managing its consequences and to ensure services can be built around the needs of victims.

The report was launched on 14 December 2016 in Manchester, bringing together PCCs, political leaders and government policymakers. Hosted by iNetwork and Manchester Metropolitan University, the launch event included speakers:

Professor Chris Fox, Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit and Professor of Evaluation at Manchester Metropolitan University

Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert MP, Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs, Co-Chair of GovernUp

Harvey Redgrave, Director of Strategy at Crest Advisory and author of the report on justice devolution

Commissioner Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and Interim Mayor for Greater Manchester


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