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Apr

After Strangeways: The past, present and future of prisons

The 25-day protest in 1990 at Strangeways prison in Manchester was the longest prison protest in British history.

On 1 April 2020 – 30 years to the day from the start of the protest – we will be holding a major conference in central London to discuss the past, present and future of prisons. The root causes of the protests lay in many years of unjust and abusive prison policies and practices that affected not...
King's College London, Strand, London
1 April 2020
News

Fundamental rethink of prisons policy needed

Our Director, Richard Garside, yesterday called for a fundamental rethink of prisons policy after the release of a damning report from the National Audit Office. 

Released today, the report concluded that the prison service was failing to provide a safe, secure and decent prison estate.

He said: 

On just about every measure, the current approach is failing.

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7 February 2020
Comment

Punishment and access to education in prison today

Since the first national penitentiary, Millbank, opened on British soil in 1816, the debate in England and Wales over what prisons are actually for, and what they should try to achieve, has continued almost unabated.

By 
Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski
7 February 2020

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News

After Prison coverage

Our Research Analyst, Matt Ford, offers an overview of our new project, 'After Prison', for Russell Webster's website

'After Prison' aims to radically downsize the prison population in England and Wales based on the premise that there is always a better way to use a piece of land than as a place for a prison. 

You can read the full article on Russell's site...

17 February 2020
News

Radzinowicz prize winners revealed

Congratulations to Mareile Kaufmann, Simon Egbert and Matthias Leese for winning this year's Radzinowicz Prize for their article on predictive policing.

The Radzinowicz Prize, named after criminologist Sir Leon Radzinowicz, is awarded each year to the person who contributes meaningfully to knowledge within criminal justice and criminology. 

Chosen by the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, this year's winners...

13 February 2020
News

Fundamental rethink of prisons policy needed

Our Director, Richard Garside, yesterday called for a fundamental rethink of prisons policy after the release of a damning report from the National Audit Office. 

Released today, the report concluded that the prison service was failing to provide a safe, secure and decent prison estate.

He said: 

On just about every measure, the current approach is failing.

...
7 February 2020
News

Centre's research cited in new briefing on non-custodial sentences

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology's latest research briefing, Non-Custodial Sentences, reviews sentencing trends, non-custodial sentencing and policy considerations. 

The briefing, based on literature reviews and interviews with experts across the sector, cites our report by Helen Mills, 'Stopping Short?' Sentencing Reform and Short Prison Sentences...

3 February 2020
News

Our Director in The Times

Government proposals to scrap automatic release of prisoners halfway through their sentences is today being discussed in parliament. 

The proposed legislation, if successful, will apply to offenders who have committed serious violent and sexual offences, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment and given a fixed term of seven years or more. These prisoners will serve two-thirds of their sentence before being automatically...

22 January 2020
News

Our latest eBulletin is now out

With so-called broken-windows policing appearing to come back into vogue, I was struck by this recent piece in The Washington Post, claiming that the whole proposition was 'founded on a lie'.

This is a contested area of policing, with many claims and counter-claims. With the government seemingly committed to a massive increase in police officer numbers, it is more important than ever that policing practice is grounded in evidence, not sentiment.

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17 January 2020