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Russell Webster
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Attended University of East Anglia
Lives in Hornchurch, Essex
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Clink prison restaurants cut reoffending
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The report is a challenging read because it includes not only a forensic analysis of why the prison system is failing and a detailed vision of a better future but a, sometimes controversial, strategy on how to get from here to there
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New probation desistance app launched
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Cooling down potentially volatile police-public interactions to the point where official grievances against the police have virtually vanished may well lead to the conclusion that the use of body-worn cameras represents a turning point in policing.
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The authors make the point in their conclusion that their argument is not about giving women lenient sentences, or sentences less than a man would receive in the same circumstances; it is about imposing the correct sentence by reference to the principles governing the sentencing system.
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Excellent new domestic abuse app
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Instagram campaign to illustrate thin line between social and problem drinking
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We imprison children too far from home
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Services for women offenders lose funding
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Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers
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An independent consultant specialising in substance misuse and crime with a particular interest in payment by results and social media.
Introduction
Born and bred in Coventry and with a degree in modern languages at Cambridge University behind him, Russell spent ten years working in the social care field.

He qualified as a probation officer in the UK and worked with offenders in North and East London. He also worked for a range of voluntary sector organisations with homeless people, ex-offenders and young people at risk in both this country and the USA.

Russell developed his consultancy skills through work with two national voluntary organisations,Drugscope and the DIVERT Trust.

Since 1996 Russell has worked full time as an independent consultant specialising in the fields of substance misuse and crime.

He is the author or co-author of over thirty national publications on issues relating to drugs, alcohol and offending. He is also a Health Education Authority certified trainer.

As an independent consultant and trainer, Russell seeks to keep at the forefront of policy and practice development while maintaining hands-on experience of work with the local voluntary sector. He balances a portfolio which includes international research studies, national policy advice and needs assessment and evaluation work with community organisations. Russell continues to specialise in multi-agency partnership work and has recently developed expertise in both payment by results and digital engagement.
Bragging rights
Five children, two grand children. Coventry City supported. Lapsed tenor sax man.
Education
  • University of East Anglia
    Social Work, 1985 - 1987
    CQSW + MA in Social Work
  • St John's College, Cambridge
    French & Italian, 1980 - 1983
  • King Henry VIII School, Coventry
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Researcher, evaluator, consultant, writer, trainer in drugs, alcohol & crime. Blogger. Expert in: payment by results, strategic use of social media.
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Evaluations, Needs Assessments, Service Review and Planning, Commissioning best practice, Strategic use of Social Media, Payment by Results, Digital Engagement. Team building.
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  • Drugs, Crime & Digital Innovation
    Researcher, evaluator, writer, trainer in drugs, alcohol & crime. Blogger. Expert in: payment by results, strategic use of social media., 1996 - present
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Hornchurch, Essex
Previously
Pittsburgh, Pa - Coventry - Cambridge, UK - Norwich
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Payment by Results take 2: what I learned from the response to last mont...
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A couple of weeks ago I posted a fairly polemical piece about the hype around ‘payment by results’, which prompted quite a response, includi

The smoking ban could spark a long, hot summer in English prisons
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It could be disastrous if the prison smoking ban is forced through too quickly

drugs and women in prison
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support for researchers and practitioners

2015 End of Term Criminal Justice Report: Some Signs of Promise but Must...
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What should we make of 2015 as far as penal policy is concerned? The new government has promised radical reforms at the heart of their agend

Fiverr - Android Apps on Google Play
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Fiverr,® the world’s largest marketplace for services, is finally available for Android™ users! Everything you love about Fiverr is now avai

Recorded drug offences down 11% | Russell Webster
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Latest ONS bulletin shows drug offences down by 11% but this related chiefly to reduced police activity.

If Jocelyn Hillman were Justice Secretary | Russell Webster
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Jocelyn Hillman founder of women offender employment service "Working Chance" is the latest to contribute to the "If I were Justice Secretar

What do you think of Transforming Rehabilitation? | Russell Webster
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New initiative from Clinks and NCVO to track the voluntary sector's experience of the new probation system, known as Transforming Rehabilita

Langley House Trust’s justice priorities | Russell Webster
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Tracy Wild is the Chief Executive of Langley House Trust, she is the latest contributor to a guest blog series setting out priorities for th

Reducing smoking in prison | Russell Webster
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Public Health England recommends a new strategy for reducing smoking in prison where nicotine consumption is four times the national average

Criminal justice voluntary sector under threat | Russell Webster
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Latest Clinks State of the Sector report finds that the criminal justice voluntary sector is under threat

If Alex Cavendish were Justice Secretary | Russell Webster
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Social anthropologist and former prisoner Alex Cavendish is the latest contributor to the "If I were Justice secretary..." blog series.

Disappointing outcomes for Peterborough and Doncaster prison PbR pilots ...
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Latest official MoJ figures reveal disappointing outcomes for Peterborough and Doncaster prison payment by results pilots

The Prisoners’ Education Trust justice priorities | Russell Webster
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The Prisoners' Education Trust is the latest contributor to Russell Webster's "If I were Justice Secretary" series

The Probation Institute’s Justice priorities | Russell Webster
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Sue Hall, Board Member of the Probation Institute, is the latest to contribute to the "If I were Justice Secretary" blog series.

Social media and crime | Russell Webster
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This infographic from Crimewire details the many different ways in which police anc criminals use social media to outwit each other.

What are the priorities for restorative justice? | Russell Webster
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Jon Collins, CEO of the Restorative Justice Council, is the latest contributor to a series about the direction of the criminal justice after

One in three women in the world have been the victim of violence | Russe...
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One in three women in the world have been the victim of violence and half of all women murder victims were killed by their partner or family