Exploring global disparities in criminal sentencing

ICPRs latest comparative research on the sentencing of burglary, drug importation and murder highlights vast disparities between different jurisdictions in their approaches to custodial sentencing across a range of offences. Here, Catherine Heard discusses some of the most striking disparities.

New research reveals vast international disparities in criminal sentences

ICPR has published a report revealing vast disparities between countries in their approaches to criminal sentencing, with important implications for justice reform.

Is the IPP sentence turning into the Ministry of Justice’s own Windrush scandal?

Professor Mike Hough, Emeritus Professor and Founder of Birkbeck’s Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR) explains how thousands of prisoners are still facing injustice, ten years after IPPs’ failings were first exposed, and endorses latest demands for action

Understanding Conversion to Islam in Prison

A ground-breaking research programme, Understanding Conversion to Islam in Prison (UCIP), investigating the mobilisation and effects of Islamic religious change in European prisons, has joined the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research at Birkbeck.

‘Prison for Profit’: documentary film screening and panel discussion, 4 December

Online panel discussion & questions: hosted by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, School of Law, Birkbeck.

ICPR launches online survey on digital forensics and social media

ICPR, in collaboration with the Jill Dando Institute at UCL and Perpetuity Research, are conducting a study on digital forensics.

New article on the impacts of COVID-19 on prison populations

An article by Catherine Heard on the impacts of COVID-19 on prison populations and wider justice systems worldwide has been published in a special, open access issue of the American journal Victims & Offenders.

Effective participation in criminal proceedings: principle and practice - blog by ICPR Director Jessica Jacobson

ICPR Director Professor Jessica Jacobson has written a blog for the British Society of Criminology website on "Effective participation in criminal proceedings: principle and practice."