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."

4 December: "Prison for Profit" Documentary screening and discussion

In this searing documentary film, former prisoners, prison guard whistle-blowers and an investigative journalist paint a shocking picture of South Africa's first privatized prison, Mangaung, in Bloemfontein.

New book from ICPR: Achieving accessible justice through effective participation in courts and tribunals

Birkbeck’s Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR) has published a new book which examines the meanings and importance of 'effective participation' in judicial proceedings.

On its 20th anniversary, ICPR’s World Prison Brief adds new historic data for over 30 countries

It’s 20 years today since the World Prison Brief (WPB) website was launched.

The World Prison Brief is 20! Roy Walmsley, its Founder and Director, reflects on the journey so far, in conversation with Catherine Heard.

Since its launch in September 2000, the World Prison Brief (hosted and published by the Institute for Crime & Justice ...

Mike Hough, Founding Director of ICPR, receives European Society of Criminology award for lifetime contribution to Criminology

The 2020 European Criminology Award of the European Society of Criminology for lifetime contribution to criminology has been awarded to Professor Mike Hough, Founding Director of ICPR and Emeritus Professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck, for his significant contribution to European criminology. 

Birkbeck Inspires event 25 August: World prison populations in a time of pandemic

At a Birkbeck Inspires event on 25 August, Catherine Heard, Director of the World Prison Research Programme at Birkbeck’s Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR), will present research on the extent of prison overcrowding worldwide, and the many factors that combine to create today’s unsustainable levels of incarceration.