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
News

Fundamental rethink of prisons policy needed

Our Director, Richard Garside, yesterday called for a fundamental rethink of prisons policy after the release of a damning report from the National Audit Office. 

Released today, the report concluded that the prison service was failing to provide a safe, secure and decent prison estate.

He said: 

On just about every measure, the current 

...
7 February 2020
News

Our Director in The Times

Government proposals to scrap automatic release of prisoners halfway through their sentences is today being discussed in parliament. 

The proposed legislation, if successful, will apply to offenders who have committed serious violent and sexual offences, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment and given a fixed term of seven years or more. These prisoners will serve two-thirds of their sentence before being automatically...

22 January 2020
News

In the news this week

Our Director, Richard Garside, has been quoted in the New York Times and The Times this week.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on London Bridge last week by Usman Khan, The New York Times quoted Richard on sentencing policy. On the controversy surrounding Mr...

3 December 2019
Comment

The potential of rehabilitative cultures

Dr Jamie Bennett introduces the latest edition of the Prison Service Journal concluding that support for rehabilitative cultures has emerged during the prison crisis

By 
Dr Jamie Bennett
27 June 2019
News

End child imprisonment video by Open University

Child Imprisonment: Why we should abolish imprisonment for children and young people, the latest from the campaign to end child imprisonment, is a short documentary about the harms of depriving children of their liberty.

 Dr David Scott interviews campaigners who have been personally affected by the issue, and Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39

David closes the video saying:

We need to think again about what we mean by child prison as a

...
10 April 2019