ICPR publishes Guidance Note on prison data collection in Commonwealth countries

ICPR’s latest publication "Prison data collection in Commonwealth countries: A Guidance Note" makes the case for the systematic collection and regular publication of the most important facts and figures about prison populations.

ICPR is recruiting a new Director

We are thrilled to announce a unique opportunity! We are looking for a distinguished individual to take up the role of Professor and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR).

Rights and wrongs of prison labour laws explored in new ICPR briefing

ICPR’s new briefing paper, “Labouring Behind Bars”, explores work in prison through the lens of international human rights law. This is the first of a series of publications in the project ‘Unlocking potential: towards effective, sustainable, and ethical provision of work opportunities for prisoners and prison leavers’.

Catherine Heard addresses United Nations high level event on incarceration

I was invited to speak about female imprisonment trends at an event at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva, which took ...

A new weapon against laws punishing poverty and status

Catherine Heard discusses the 8 March Principles for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Criminal Law Proscribing Conduct Associated with Sex, Reproduction, Drug Use, HIV, Homelessness and Poverty, noting their potential to reduce the disproportionately harmful impacts of imprisonment on marginalized and stigmatized communities

Lecture and book launch reception, 26 January 2023: Prisons of the World by Professor Andrew Coyle

Prisons of the World author, Andrew Coyle, will present selected extracts from his recent book, along with unpublished personal photographs and reflections from decades of work as a prisons practitioner, researcher and reformer. 

New publication ‘Procedural Justice and the Courts’, part of the Clinks Evidence Library

In this review Dr Amy Kirby and Professor Jessica Jacobson from the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London, examine ‘procedural justice’ in the courts.

World female prison population up by 60% since 2000

Prison population data reveal a much faster growth in female than male prisoner numbers since the year 2000. While the number of women and girls in prison has grown by almost 60%, the male prison population increased by around 22%.