Change of direction needed to prevent further deaths

The distressing news yesterday that five prisoners killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales over six days is a reminder, if such is needed, of prison's dreadful toll of misery and despair.

Richard Garside
29 May 2020

Prisons and the COVID-19 crisis webinar

Last weekend, our Director Richard Garside participated in an online panel discussion on prisons during the current pandemic.

Chaired by John Rees, other panellists were criminologist and former prison monitor, Faith Spear and Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers' Association. 

Watch the full session here.

20 May 2020

Punishment is the pandemic

Our Chair of Trustees, Charlie Weinberg, has written a piece on the problems of punishment for the website of Abolition, the US-based journal of radical and insurgent politics.

In the piece, Charlie develops the argument she first explored in this article on our website, about the difference between containment and control.

What it is about punishment that makes it simultaneously both...

12 May 2020

Coronavirus in infographics

As part of our work on coronavirus in prisons and the criminal justice system, we are producing infographics covering the key data.

8 May 2020