News

Prisons and the COVID-19 crisis webinar

Last weekend, our Director Richard Garside participated in an online panel discussion on prisons during the current pandemic.

Chaired by John Rees, other panellists were criminologist and former prison monitor, Faith Spear and Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers' Association. 

Watch the full session here.

20 May 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
Comment

The worst place in the world

Before the Strangeways protests, children were incarcerated with adults.

By 
Carolyne Willow
11 March 2020
Project

Short prison sentencing

This project aims to identify the options, impacts and issues for impactful sentencing reform intended to reduce the use of short prison sentences.

There has been a lot of recent interest in this policy area. Last year, Scotland extended its presumption against short prison sentences. In England and Wales, plans to restrict sentencers' access to short term imprisonment were mooted but failed to progress. The case for reform has been made on...
12 February 2020
News

Our Director in Probation Quarterly

Read Richard Garside on accidental liberalism and criminal justice trends

The latest edition of Probation Quarterly features a piece by our Director, Richard Garside, on criminal justice trends in retrospect and their signification of a flawed, accidental and incomplete liberalism. 

Tackling fluctuating police numbers, the dangerous condition of...

10 February 2020
Podcasts

Gavin Wilkinson on forensic psychology

In this week's podcast, Gavin Wilkinson discusses crime, prisons and his work with prisoners as a trainee forensic psychologist.

By 
Gavin Wilkinson
10 February 2020