About Us

The Crime and Society Foundation is a social policy and criminal justice think tank based at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King's College London.

The Foundation stimulates debate about the role and limits of criminal justice and enhances understanding of the foundations and characteristics of a safer society.

The Foundation is financed through charitable contributions and receives no government funding.


The vision of the Crime and Society Foundation is of a society in which fundamental human needs are met and crime and other harms are less prevalent.

Aims and Objectives

The Crime and Society Foundation aims to catalyse a fundamental shift in social and criminal justice policy.

The Foundation has three objectives:

  1. To stimulate an informed debate about the realistic limits and the appropriate role of a just and effective criminal justice system in the UK;
  2. To enhance understanding of the social, economic and political foundations of a society in which crime and other harms are less prevalent;
  3. To work with others in the criminal justice and broader social policy sectors to develop a consensus around our first two objectives.


Richard Garside

Richard set up the Crime and Society Foundation in 2003. Prior to that he was Head of Communications for Nacro, the crime reduction charity. He is currently Acting-Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, where the Foundation is based.

He is a regular commentator on crime-related issues on television and radio, and has written for a number of publications, including national newspapers and magazines. Richard's current research interests include international comparisons of crime rates; the impact of social and economic factors on crime; and the relationship between criminal justice and social policy under New Labour.


Will McMahon, Acting Director

Will has a social policy and parliamentary background having previously worked at the Child Poverty Action Group, the National Children's Bureau and as a parliamentary researcher. He joined the Foundation in the summer of 2004.

Will's interests include anti-social behaviour, criminal underclass theories, and the growth of the criminal justice state. He is a regular commentator on the government's anti-social behaviour strategy, as well as on wider crime-related matters.

Rebecca Roberts, Research and Policy Associate

Rebecca joined the Foundation in May 2004. Prior to that she was Communications Officer at Action for Prisoners' Families.

Rebecca's current interests include victim's policy, on-the-spot fines and measurements of crime and harm. She also undertakes research and policy analysis.

Sean Roberts, Senior Associate

Sean joined the Foundation as a Senior Associate in July 2004, having previously worked in a variety of policy advocacy roles for organisations including the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Policy Studies Institute, Citizens Advice, and Amnesty International.

He is responsible for the strategic presentation of the Foundation's concerns to parliamentarians, journalists and other policy makers and opinion formers. During the initial phase of the Foundation's operation, this has included development of an evaluation framework.

On the policy side, Sean's principal area of interest is in the related debates around communitarianism, civil renewal, social capital and community justice.

Ed Brenton, Administrator

Ed joined the Crime and Society Foundation in April 2006, prior to that he was Membership services officer for the United Nations Association-UK. He has worked and volunteered for a number of voluntary organisations including the Alzheimer's Society, National Playing Fields Association and the Dog's Trust.

He is responsible for the smooth running of the Foundation's office and events.

Advisory Board

Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Rob Allen, International Centre for Prison Studies
Margaret Carey
Marion Janner
Nick Page
Elaine Player, School of Law, King's College London
Marcus Roberts, Mind
Enver Solomon, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

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