Populist calls for more police cannot deliver popular reductions in violence, argue Irvin Waller and Jeffrey Bradley
The future of the former Holloway prison site in north London will be discussed by local residents at a public meeting this coming Friday in Islington.
Jeremy Corbyn has said that he hopes to attend a march taking place in Holloway, this Saturday, calling on the government to build council housing rather than luxury flats on the site of HMP Holloway.
Speaking to the press, the Labour leader, in whose constituency the prison is based said:
There is an important difference between decriminalisation and the complacent acceptance of violence and exploitation, the Centre's Director Richard Garside said today.
His comments came in response to Jeremy Corbyn's reported remarks on the decriminalisation of sex work.
Mr Corbyn reportedly told students at Goldsmith's University in London:
Criminalisation and criminal justice responses are the cause of more harm than good, argues Richard Garside
Government and opposition are more comfortable with the failed criminal justice policies of the past than developing ones relevant to today, argues the Centre’s director Richard Garside
Plans to replace Holloway prison with expensive housing, unaffordable to most Londoners, have drawn criticism. It is not the first controversy to have dogged the future of the Holloway site.
The current prison was built in the 1970s and 1980s, replacing the original nineteenth century prison. The prison is in the Islington North Constituency, represented by the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.
Professor Joe Sim dissects Michael Gove's reform agenda and puts forward his own proposals for radical transformation.
An unquestioning defence of police budgets makes it harder to address the many real social challenges that currently receive an inadequate criminal justice response, argues Richard Garside