Rethinking Crime and Punishment
Coulsfield Inquiry
Funded projects

Latest RCP Publications
July 2008: RCP - The Manifesto


A strategic initiative to raise the level of public debate about the use of prison and alternative forms of punishment in the UK.

The Rethinking Crime and Punishment programme closed in December 2008. This website acts as a legacy for the work that RCP supported.

Between 2001 and 2004 Rethinking Crime & Punishment supported more than 50 projects working to increase public understanding of, and involvement in criminal justice. It also aimed to produce fresh thinking into the debate and set up a major independent Inquiry into Alternatives to Prison.

In December 2005 a focused programme looking to implement some of RCP's findings was launched. The programme aimed to increase public and judicial engagement with community based sentences in order to promote confidence in their use as an alternative to prison.

Final publications

Making good:
An assessment of work undertaken by the Thames Valley Partnership 2005-8 (PDF - 268k).
November 2008

RCP - The Manifesto
(PDF - 976k).
July 2008

RCP2 report on a programme of work with Magistrates
(PDF - 204k).
July 2007

Last updated: 21 July 2010

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Rob Allen, RCP Programme Coordinator, Baroness Linklater, RCP Chairman, and Lord Justice Keene

Baroness Linklater, Chairman of RCP, at the launch of RCP: The Manifesto at the House of Lords on 3 July 2008

Rethinking Crime & Punishment
Was a strategic initiative of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Contact details
Rethinking Crime and Punishment
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Tel: 020 7812 3700
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