News

Punishment is the pandemic

Our Chair of Trustees, Charlie Weinberg, has written a piece on the problems of punishment for the website of Abolition, the US-based journal of radical and insurgent politics.

In the piece, Charlie develops the argument she first explored in this article on our website, about the difference between containment and control.

What it is about punishment that makes it simultaneously both...

12 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
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
Publication

Abolishing the stigma of punishments served

Andrew Henley argues that those who have been punished should be free from future discrimination The Benthamite workhouse principle of ‘less eligibility’ dates back to the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 and, since its application to the sphere of criminal justice, has long dictated that prisoners and...
cjm 97: Criminal justice marketisation
Comment

Punishment and Rehabilitation

Prison numbers seem to be rising inexorably. On current trends it is likely that the 80,000 cap, suggested by Government at the time of the Carter Report, will be reached in short order. More...

By 
Will McMahon
1 August 2005
Publication

Punishment before justice? Understanding Penalty Notices for Disorder

Punishment before justice? highlights concerns arising from the expansion of financial penalties to tackle `disorderly behaviour' and issues relating to the operation of the scheme. PNDs, the briefing argues, unjustly subject recipients to punishment. They also create a new class of the semi-...
By 
Rebecca Roberts and Richard Garside
7 March 2005
Publication

Welfare and punishment. The relationship between welfare spending and imprisonment

Professor David Downes and Dr Kirstine Hansen present a brief outline of findings from their research, which explores the relationship between welfare expenditure and levels of punishment. They begin by examining research on welfare spending and imprisonment rates across US states and replicate...
By 
Professor David Downes and Dr Kirstine Hansen
17 November 2007
Publication

Debating youth justice: From punishment to problem solving

Debating youth justice: From punishment to problem solving is a collection of essays by leading experts from the UK and abroad. The publication came out of a public debate the Centre held in October 2006, prompted by Rob Allen's earlier report - From punishment to problem solving - published by the...