Comment

Prisons need to emerge from the lockdown

A regrettable feature of the current coronarvirus crisis is the government using it as an excuse to expand prison capacity, rather than as a prompt to address our crisis of overincarceration.

By 
Richard Garside
1 May 2020
Comment

Overcoming the cops in our heads

'The virus doesn’t care if you’re an officer or a prisoner. If a prisoner has it today, the officers will have it tomorrow and the officer’s family will have it the day after that.'

By 
Richard Garside
24 April 2020
News

Continued inaction is risking lives of prisoners and staff

‘Our government must do more’ said Richard Garside in an interview with The Guardian today.

He continued, ‘If you set out to create an institution with the express intent of concentrating and transmitting Covid-19, it would probably look much like a prison.’

At least 10,000 to 15,000 prisoners need to be released from the prison system, to allow for single cells, but the...

21 April 2020
Comment

Punishment is the pandemic

Over recent weeks there have been several calls for people in prison and detention centres to be released, largely framed as a ‘public health’ response and a way of keeping whole communities safe.

By 
Charlie Weinberg
21 April 2020
News

Coronavirus and the criminal justice system

In June we'll be holding three webinars on the implications of the coronavirus for the criminal justice system, in partnership with The Open University.

16 April 2020