Short sentence reform: Lessons from the pandemic

Professor Nicky Padfield says there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about the impact of COVID-19 on prison sentencing, whilst also remembering the pains of imprisonment. 

20 August 2020

Short sentence reform: Get on and do it

Watch Kenny MacAskill speak at our webinar on short prison sentence reform on how to move from words to action when pushing for reform.

6 August 2020

What now for short prison sentences?

Some 60 per cent of those imprisoned each year in England and Wales serve sentences of under one year. 

Richard Garside
24 July 2020

Centre's work cited in House of Commons briefing

Released earlier this week, the briefing on coronavirus in prisons in England and Wales cited an article by our Head of Programmes, Helen Mills. 

The article is one of a two-part series on prison sentencing in the context of the 'new normal' of coronavirus. 

Read the House of Commons briefing on coronavirus in prisons here, and Helen's...

11 June 2020

'Stopping short?' Sentencing reform and short prison sentences

‘Abolish’ is not standard terminology for justice secretaries talking about their intentions for sentencing reform. The notion put forward in February this year, of taking a firmly established element of sentencing practice, questioning its value, and saying we should do something else instead,...