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It's been a busy few months here at the Centre as we've spent the last month or so planning our 'COVID-19 in prisons' project.

In September, our Research Analyst, Matt Ford submitted an article to Antigone's journal on the incidence and spread of COVID-19 in prisons in Europe and the different policies and practices pursued to limit possible infections, illness and death. Antigone will publish the article soon, keep an...

29 October 2020
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Woolf report anniversary conference

February 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Woolf report into the Strangeways prison protest; the longest and most significant prison protest in British prison history.

29 October 2020
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25 days in April: Part 2 Strangeways podcast out now

Listen to the second part of our two-part podcast produced by National Prison Radio on the Strangeways protests and the past, present and future of prisons. 

Part two examines the legacy of the Strangeways protests and the role of prisons and imprisonment since. Produced by National Prison Radio and with support from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, the podcasts situate the protests within the wider context of the state of prisons in the...

23 September 2020
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Latest CCJS staff podcast appearances

Matt Ford and Richard Garside have made recent appearances on different podcasts.

Last week, Research Analyst Matt Ford appeared on 'CIPFA Speaks!', the podcast for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, to talk about recent trends in criminal justice spending, staffing and populations,...

23 September 2020
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25 days in April: David Nolan

David Nolan, a young journalist at the time of the Strangeways protests, gives his eye-witness account of the disturbances.

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18 September 2020
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25 days in April: Professor Joe Sim

Listen to Professor Joe Sim on the wider context within with the Strangeways protests happened.

Last week, we released the first of a two-part podcast documentary on Strangeways, the past, present and future of prisons, with National Prison Radio. In this clip, Professor Joe Sim highlights the Strangeways protest as one of many disturbances during this period of British penal history....

14 September 2020
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Matt Ford interview in Sputnik News

The Centre's Research Analyst, Matt Ford answers questions on UK's "skyrocketing" prison population and government prison building programme.

The interview, appearing in Sputnik News last week by Mohamed Elmaazi covers the general state of prison conditions, the politics of the prison building programme and realistic alternatives to imprisonment.

On the subject of alternatives to imprisonment, Matt said:...

14 September 2020
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25 days in April: Strangeways podcast out now

Listen to the first part of our two-part podcast produced by National Prison Radio on the Strangeways protests and the past, present and future of prisons. 

"The Disturbance" is the first part of a two-part podcast documenting the Strangeways protests, their causes and aftermath. Produced by National Prison Radio and with support from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, the podcasts situate the protests within the wider context of the state of...

10 September 2020
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Short sentence reform: Lessons from the pandemic

Professor Nicky Padfield says there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about the impact of COVID-19 on prison sentencing, whilst also remembering the pains of imprisonment. 

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20 August 2020