News

25 days in April: Part 2 Strangeways podcast out now

Listen to the second part of our two-part podcast produced by National Prison Radio on the Strangeways protests and the past, present and future of prisons. 

Part two examines the legacy of the Strangeways protests and the role of prisons and imprisonment since. Produced by National Prison Radio and with support from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, the podcasts situate the protests within the wider context of the state of prisons in the...

23 September 2020
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