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London Mayor candidate Rory Stewart among speakers at court sentencing seminar

Nick Hardwick, formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, will also be speaking at the major academic discussion

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London Mayoral candidate Rory Stewart is among the keynote speakers at a major academic discussion around criminal court sentencing at Middlesex University next week.

MDX’s School of Law is staging the roundtable seminar ‘Criminal Court Sentencing: Thinking About Reform’ on Thursday.

Mr Stewart, an Independent Candidate in the 2020 London Mayor Election, will be attending for his expertise as former Prisons Minister between January 2018 and May 2019.

Nick Hardwick, previously Chair of the Parole Board and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, will also be speaking at the seminar which will be an opportunity for leading academics and professionals to discuss current sentencing and prison issues.

Jenni Ward, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology who organised the seminar, said: “It is through this round table seminar discussion we will contribute to meaningful social and criminal justice policy discussions that can arrive at new and real ideas for transformation in penal policy and sentencing law reform.

“Our speakers include those concerned with an enduring strain of retributive justice in sentencing, the radical changes to the probation service under the 2013 ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ framework, and the use and value of short-term prison sentences.

“The increase in Joint Enterprise sentencing and the benefits of problem-solving justice approaches through youth sentence review panels are other topics of importance.”

The full list of speakers are:

  • Rory Stewart -( Previous Prisons Minister, London Mayoral Candidate)
  • Nick Hardwick –(Previous Chair of the Parole Board and Head of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Professor of Criminal Justice, Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Nicola Padfield (University of Cambridge)
  • Dominic Goble and Mr. Quentin Goodman (Northamptonshire Bench Chairman Midlands Region,  Operations manager, Northamptonshire Youth Offending Team)
  • Matt Cracknell (Associate Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University)
  • Junior Smart-(OBE) (Founder of SOS Project, St. Giles Trust)

The event begins at 9.15am with coffee and pastries and opportunity for networking with presentations and discussion commencing at 9.45am and a buffet lunch will be provided.

The seminar is due to be live streamed via the university website and Rory Stewart's Twitter page.

Tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite and guests will unable to attend without the Eventbrite booking.

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