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The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) is based in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London.


ICPR carries out research into all aspects of the criminal justice system. The overarching aims of ICPR’s work are to produce and disseminate knowledge about criminal justice, and thereby to inform public and political debate, and to contribute to improvements in policy and practice. All ICPR’s research is informed by concerns with justice, fairness and human rights. The audiences for ICPR’s research include policy-makers, civil society organisations, criminal justice practitioners, academics and the wider public. ICPR’s current research is focused on three thematic priorities:

• policing and the policed

• the courts

• prisons and the use of imprisonment worldwide


ICPR’s new report on Judicial Perceptions of the Quality of Criminal Advocacy, produced for the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority, can be read here.


World Prison Brief As part of its programme of international prisons research, ICPR hosts the World Prison Brief – a unique online database providing access to information on the prison population of almost every country in the world. The World Prison Brief can be accessed at