Bridging the gap between reformists and abolitionists: Can non-reformist reforms guide the work of prison inspectorates?
Dr Sarah Lamble is a Reader in Criminology and Queer Theory at the School of Law, Birkbeck and researches issues of gender, sexuality and imprisonment, as well as alternative forms of justice. Sarah is an organiser with Abolitionist Futures and a founding member of the Bent Bars Project, which coordinates a letter-writing programme for LGBTQ prisoners in Britain. Here, Sarah reflects on Justice Edwin Cameron’s recent ICPR annual lecture, titled: 'Do prisons work? If not, do prisons inspectorates do more harm than good?’, applying the concept of ‘non-reformist’ reforms. This term, coined by Austrian philosopher André Gorz with reference to political economy, was further developed by prison abolitionists Thomas Mathieson and Angela Davis.
This report and summary is part of the series Language barriers in the criminal justice system from the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, Victim Support and the Centre for Justice Innovation, funded by The Bell Foundation.
Is there something unique about being a lawyer or judge in the Court of Protection (CoP)? Could this uniqueness have something to do with the values that CoP professionals have? This conference will look at these questions, as well as key practical challenges for lawyers, participants, and decision-makers who are charged with applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in England and Wales.
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ICPR annual lecture, 18 January 2022: 'Do prisons work? If not, do prisons inspectorates do more harm than good?’
Do prisons work? If not, do prisons inspectorates do more harm than good? Justice Edwin Cameron will consider these questions in a lecture titled: ‘Prisons and prisons inspectorates: puzzles and paradoxes'.
Prison populations continue to rise in many parts of the world, new report published by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research shows.
Some 11.5 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world, according to the latest edition of the World Prison Population List (WPPL), researched and compiled by Helen Fair and Roy Walmsley and published on 1 December 2021.
Researchers on the AHRC-funded project, Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law, based at the ICPR, Birkbeck School of Law, have pioneered a training film for specialist lawyers who work in the Court of Protection.
This online short course for criminal justice practitioners will provide practical training and guidance on monitoring and evaluation in criminal justice settings. It is taught by experts from Birkbeck’s Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research and research and development NGO the Centre for Justice Innovation.