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Changing Prisons in Challenging Times

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START DATE 16 March 2015
START TIME 12:00pm

Committee Room 1, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4AX

END DATE 16 March 2015
END TIME 04:30pm

School of Law Roundtable Seminar: ‘Changing Prisons in Challenging Times’

The past few years in England and Wales has seen much change to the prison estate due to fiscal alterations to all state-funded public services in what are deemed necessary, deep budgetary cuts. But notwithstanding this, a deliberate changed ethos towards prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration has been pushed forward by the governing coalition party. 

As such, positive advances are being made; notably to the availability of 'purposeful activity' with more and varied working opportunities open to serving prisoners. It is necessary though to accept the budgetary cuts have resulted in a pressurised system with many present difficulties. Prison closures have led to fewer prisons, accommodating more inmates with reduced staffing levels with the associated potential to harm prisoner care and welfare and destabilise principles of useful regimes.  

This roundtable seminar discussion aims to bring together an audience to converse candidly about the changes and challenges occurring within the prison estate, how they might be impacting on prison organisation and management, and whether the public discourse is paying sufficient attention to the day-to-day working lives of prison staff, prison governors and the care and rehabilitation of prisoners? 

Our speakers include those concerned with prison establishments and their running conditions, prisoner health, care and rehabilitation, prison officers' rights and working lives, and penal reform challenges in the 21st century.    

Your chair is Dr Jenni Ward, who alongside other colleagues in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, is researching and teaching on prisons and imprisonment.  


Mr Nick Hardwick (Chief Inspector of Prisons)

Mr Erwin James (Guardian newspaper Journalist)

Dr Kimmett Edgar (Head of Research Prison Reform Trust)

Mr Steve Gillan (General Secretary Prison Officer Association POA)

Lord Toby Harris (Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody)

Professor Pamela Taylor (Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University) TBC

Dr Anastasia Karamalidou (Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Prisons Researcher, Middlesex University)

The event commences at 12pm with a buffet lunch and an opportunity for networking, with the presentations and discussion commencing at 1pm. Afternoon refreshments will be provided.

The event is free to attend but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite:

Advance questions for panel discussion can be submitted via email to the Dr Jenni Ward (

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