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Russell Webster
Works at Drugs, Crime & Digital Innovation
Attended University of East Anglia
Lives in Hornchurch, Essex
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If you like Muakami, you'll love this
"Listen to Ray Charles and spend your time wiping your tears."
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Which countries are most like a police state?
The most heavily policed countries in the world. Russia is unsurprisingly top of the list. But where does England and Wales come?
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Great new resource from +Alcohol Concern 
Dependent drinkers who don't want to change place a massive burden on public services. This Alcohol Concern Blue Light project says change is possible.
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Recent US Survey showed that people were much more worried about having their credit card or smart phone hacked than they were of being burgled, mugged or even murdered
Now even the fear of crime has gone digital. US gallup poll says American more worried about having credit card hacked than burglary or mugging.
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Typically constructive and authoritative post from Rob Allen on the need for a better structure for Prison Inspectorate
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Release Drugs new report shows how drug laws drive racial discrimination throughout the justice system
New Release/LSE report details discrimination in the application of drug laws at every stage in the criminal justice system.
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The current public sector commissioning system doesn't work. +Reform Think suggests a radical new approach
New Reform report argues that we should abandon expensive public procurement processes & start a licensing system which would enable best providers to flourish
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Payment by results and complex needs
Thoroughly useful new briefing from +Revolving Doors Agency 
Thoughtful and valuable new resource from Revolving Doors Agency looking at whether and how payment by results works for people with complex and multiple needs.
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Excellent, if very depressing,  round up of the year in prisons
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+MinistryofJustice announces preferred bidders for new probation contracts.
I've done a map of all 21 CRCs 
Who will be running your probation service? MoJ announces 8 companies/partnerships who will be running CRCs under Transforming Rehabilitation
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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
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Pittsburgh, Pa - Coventry - Cambridge, UK - Norwich
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Russell is 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.
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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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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

The Prison Governors’ Association justice priorities | Russell Webster
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The Prison Governors' Association calls for a reduction in the prison population and a new approach to tackling drug crime.

What’s the future for payment by results? | Russell Webster
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The future of payment by results is uncertain with a seemingly equal number of supporters and detractors. There are rumours of controversial

The world’s first Space Detective Agency | Russell Webster
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New UK firm uses sophisticated satellite imagery to solve crimes across the world.

Justice should embrace the treasury | Russell Webster
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Vicki Helyar-Cardwell of Revolving Doors Agency is the latest contributor to the current "If I were Justice Secretary" guest blog series.

Health and care services for women offenders | Russell Webster
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New Clinks survey into Health and care services for women offenders finds very mixed picture with serious gaps in provision

It’s all change in commissioning drug treatment | Russell Webster
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A final briefing from DrugScope highlights the increased complexity and level of continued changing in commissioning drug and alcohol system