I would build...schools instead of prisons

Why build schools not prisons? To quote Aaron Sorkin, ' is the silver bullet. Education is everything. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce...

Professor Graham Pike
29 May 2015

What are the alternatives to prison?

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, held a workshop on alternatives to prison on 21 April 2015. Attended by around 70 campaigners, academics, researchers and activists, participants were presented with the following questions: ...

22 April 2015

I would build... a new liberal politics

In order to find our way out of the punitive straightjacket of current penal politics, it is necessary not just to understand the context in which such policies have developed but also to propose...

Emma Bell
28 January 2015

Building an international movement to abolish the prison industrial complex

Rachel Herzing and Isaac Ontiveros describe the aims prompting an abolitionist framework. Critical Resistance (CR) is a US-based grassroots group engaged in community organising focused on the goal of abolishing the prison industrial complex (PIC). CR uses the phrase ‘prison industrial...
cjm 84: Drugs

Violence against women: from intervention to prevention?

I want to thank you all for responding to our invitation – and offering to take time out of your busy schedules to contribute to the discussion today. We have an awful lot of experience and...

Rebecca Roberts
19 November 2014

What are the alternatives to policing?

On 22 October the Centre held an event which aimed to stimulate debate about alternatives to policing in Britain. Professor Tim Hope of the University of Salford, and Dr Waqas Tufail of the University of Liverpool, led the discussion by introducing papers outlining which functions the police...

27 October 2014

I would build... stronger communities

We all know that justice is not a product that can be unilaterally dispensed by law enforcement or the judiciary. It is simply not within the power of the police, judiciary, the prison service,...

Rebecca Daddow
23 October 2014