Comment

Prison violence and the limits of reform

In May last year I was among more than a hundred organisational representatives who trooped over to the (unfortunately named given current events in Syria and Iraq) Isis youth prison in south east London.

The purpose of our excursion was to hear a speech by the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, on the Ministry of Justice’s new...

By 
Richard Garside
4 July 2019
Comment

Getting out of the prisons crisis

There are at least two ways of thinking about the prisons crisis and about what it would mean to get out the crisis.

First, we can think about the prison crisis as a crisis in prisons...

By 
Richard Garside
25 April 2019
News

Major conference on prison abolition in May 2019

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative at The Open University, in partnership with Professor Joe Sim of Liverpool John Moores University, will be holding a major conference on prison abolition in the UK in 2019.

20 December 2018
Comment

Holloway: The beginning of a revolution?

At this year’s Conservative party conference, Michael Gove apparently heralded in a new era for criminal justice reform. Prisons need to be managed better, he said. People in prison need to...

By 
Rebecca Roberts and Claire Cain
10 December 2015
Comment

The struggle? It's only just beginning

The week ending the 25th of October 2013 is memorable to me for a number of reasons.

It was the week in which the ...

By 
Rebecca Roberts
11 November 2013
Comment

Building new prisons? How about no prison at all?

What to do with the ageing and expensive prison estate in England and Wales. Take Pentonville prison. One of London’s largest, warehousing 1,300 male prisoners, it opened in the 1840s and marks...