Criminal Justice Research Centre

Analysis of electronic police custody record data

As part of a study funded by the Nuffield Foundation, we examined the impact of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) on the detention and questioning of child suspects. As part of that study, we examined over 50,000 electronic custody records provided by eight police forces for all first time detainees held in March and September 2019, 2020 and 2021. Our findings are available in our CJRC project page on 'Children's Experiences in Police Custody'.

Subsequently, with a CAPE Collaboration Award, we engaged with policy makers and analysts in the Ministry of Justice to extend our analysis to include all suspects - children, vulnerable adults and adults. Our final report 'Analysis of electronic custody record data to examine the efficacy of PACE safeguards on suspects detained and questioned by the police in England and Wales' has now been published.


Criminal Justice Research Centre

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University of Nottingham
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