Comment

The impenetrable wall of police silence

“It was exactly 10 years ago that I discovered that my partner of six years was actually a policeman. He was a fictional character - his identity was fabricated and he was put into my life to deceive me, by his employer, who knew that one day they would remove him.” 

13 November 2020
Speech

Living in poverty is punishment itself

Speech given to the ‘Is it a crime to be poor’ online event, hosted by the University of Birmingham on behalf of the Is it a crime to be poor? alliance

11 November 2020
Comment

Why it is time to repeal the Vagrancy Act of 1824

There are many strands linking homelessness and the criminal justice system. Ex-offenders leaving prison struggle to access accommodation on release. They often lose their homes while in custody.

26 November 2019
Project

Is it a crime to be poor?

We are working with partners on the theme: Is it a crime to be poor?

The aim of this strand of work is to share knowledge and research, and to discuss how we, as academics, practitioners and penal reformers, can act to end this endemic abuse of the criminal justice system. There are many examples of ways in which the criminal justice system criminalises poverty...
Comment

The injustice of school 'refusal'

When adults in the workplace experience trauma or anxiety, we expect our employer to be supportive. Our children, on the other hand, are expected to carry on regardless.

28 October 2019
Comment

Poverty is not a crime: ending imprisonment for debt

As the country prepares to enter into a new legal and political era, marked by novel and complex constitutional challenges, some of the most vulnerable members of society, and particularly women, are facing legal battles which would not be out of place in Victorian times.

18 October 2019
News

Is it a crime to be poor?

We are working with partners to plan an event next year on the theme: Is it a crime to be poor?

The aim would be to share knowledge and research, and to discuss how we, as academics, practitioners and penal reformers can act to end this endemic abuse of the criminal justice system.

There are many examples of ways in which the criminal justice system criminalises poverty.These...