Major conference on prison abolition in May 2019

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative at The Open University, in partnership with Professor Joe Sim of Liverpool John Moores University, will be holding a major conference on prison abolition in the UK in 2019.

The conference will be on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May, at The Open University campus in Milton Keynes.

The prison system in the UK is in ongoing, systemic crisis. While politicians pay lip service to the need to reduce prisoner numbers, further growth and expansion are far more likely...

20 December 2018

The Centre's Research Fellow at RebLaw 2018

The Centre's Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, spoke at Rebellious Lawyering (RebLaw) 2018 last weekend, to an audience of students, lawyers, organisers and researchers from across the UK.

 Connor spoke on 'Spycops: The future for the Undercover Policing Inquiry' which was based on his two forthcoming reports investigating the history of political policing in the UK and how the state has sought to constrain and undermine dissent against racism, patriarchy and class through...

4 December 2018

End child imprisonment

The Centre is delighted to be part of a new collaborative campaign to end child imprisonment.

Launching at an event last Thursday at the House of Lords, the campaign supports approaches that prioritise children’s needs, safety and futures, and advocates for the closure of child prisons in England and Wales. 

We look forward to working with our colleagues at organisations including...

3 December 2018

New publications on undercover policing

Over the past year, we have hosted a Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, sponsored by the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust.

The Centre is today publishing two papers on undercover policing Connor has written as part of this Fellowship, under the title Spycops in context.

From 1968-2008 a dedicated police...

3 December 2018

It's been two years. What next for Community Plan for Holloway?

On Tuesday, we held the two-year anniversary event for the Community Plan for Holloway.

The meeting brought together 150 people from the local community to discuss the victories so far and future plans. 

The speakers were:

  • Will McMahon - Community Plan for Holloway 
  • Steve Fox - Manalo and White architects
  • Andy Bain - Islington Homes for All
  • ...
23 November 2018

We're recruiting a Business Associate

We're looking for someone who is highly organised, with excellent verbal and written communications skills to provide effective coordination and administration of all the Centre’s day-to-day organisational functions.

Tasks include facilities, office, finance and HR management, and to facilitate the smooth running of the organisation and of its facilities, maintaining ICT, administering the membership scheme, contacts database and finances.


13 November 2018

Holloway sale faces further delay

The sale of the Holloway prison site faces yet another delay, the Islington Tribune reports. A buyer for the site now won’t be in place until at least the new year.

The news came when a Centre for Crime and Justice Studies staff member asked a question about the timetable for the sale at a Ministry of Justice event last week.

The prison closed over two years ago and the land has been sitting empty ever since, despite having the capacity to...

12 November 2018

Centre's analyst gives talk to planning students

On Monday and Wednesday our Research Analyst, Matt Ford, was at the Hilldrop Community Centre in Islington giving talks about our Community Plan for Holloway project to University College London (UCL) students on the Urban Design and City Planning Masters course.

The days were organised by Omar Sherif, one of the planners we have been working closely with as part of the project. He has coordinated a unit on the Holloway site at UCL. 

Up to 40 people attended each event and asked interesting questions about the site. The next step for the students...

12 November 2018