The John Marriott Lecture:
Prisons: Time For Real Reform
Tuesday 9th June 2020, 6-9pm Central London. An evening sponsored by The Prison Oracle
Fed up of dreary ‘oh dear me’ lectures on prisons that challenge nothing and change even less?
Fancy confronting real subjects – like earned conjugal visits, email and internet access; are we serious about maintaining family ties or not?
What’s the point of ‘Offending Behaviour Programmes’ that cost millions but largely don’t work; hasn’t half a century of stubbornly high reoffending figures taught us anything?
Can prisons really reduce crime, or are we asking way too much with a mission it’s impossible for them to deliver?
The fact is our prisons today are less safe now than at any time since records began and they’ll stay that way, assisted by a useless and ignored ‘Monitoring Board’ system that should be scrapped, unless we do something different by focusing not on rehabilitation but on making them safe, secure, decent and humane.
Prisons don’t rehabilitate – individuals do that, and not because of prison but often despite it. Want to hear from and question real people who have actually been to prison and come out successfully on the other side – then get this date in your diary.
Booking details and website coming very soon…
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Dedicated to Michael Spurr who, after more than 35 years in HM Prison Service retired as its Chief Executive in April 2019: “A courageous, inspiring leader who chiselled the decency agenda into Prison Service bedrock.”
With a foreword by Bob Neill MP, criminal barrister, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and since 2015 the skillfully and persistently inquisitive Chairman of the hugely respected Parliamentary Justice Select Committee.
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