Punishment and access to education in prison today

Since the first national penitentiary, Millbank, opened on British soil in 1816, the debate in England and Wales over what prisons are actually for, and what they should try to achieve, has continued almost unabated.

7 February 2020

Anti-poverty strategies for prisoners and looked after children

On November 17 we held an event entitled ‘Prisoners and looked after children – a common cause?’.

The roundtable was full to capacity, with many delegates representing organisations working directly with people in need. The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Research Director, Roger Grimshaw, presented the case for a new social policy on poverty that introduces a principle of reparation...

18 November 2014

Institutional care and poverty: making common cause?

Consider this scenario: a social policy analyst examining evidence about two groups in institutional care notices that many members of each group come from a background of poverty and face an...

16 September 2014

Prisoners are people too

I’m in the middle of writing a speech for an event on criminal justice under the coalition government Friday week. The speech is called, rather modestly,...

10 February 2011

One cheer for votes for prisoners

For those who still doubt that Andrew Neil is, at heart, a deeply unpleasant man, take a look at his BBC ‘interview’ of a couple of days ago...