Rehabilitation and the aims of prisons (part 1)

This is the first of a series of three posts. It’s been prompted by reading Struggle for Justice, a report published by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC – a Quaker body) in the 1970s. Published at time when the accepted wisdom of the post-war period — which favoured rehabilitation as the proper aim for […]

Notes: how lifers adapt to imprisonment (part 2)

This is the second of two posts noting my thoughts about a recent study on life imprisonment. The first post can be found here. Questions raised by this research Institutionalisation? In my experience, one of the common-sense ideas people refer to when talking about imprisonment is that prisoners come out ‘institutionalised’. The term goes back […]

Notes: how lifers adapt to imprisonment (part 1)

Another post on my reading, this time on a set of articles I’ve re-read recently while revisiting the Masters research I carried out in 2017. I’m writing up the latter for ‘proper’ publication in a peer-reviewed journal, as a means of revisiting my findings and thinking through exactly what it is that I am trying […]

Notes: an agenda for research on long-term prisoners

After a quiet period on the blog while I’ve been working on other things, this will be the first in a series of posts which are essentially notes on the reading I’ve been doing. Other posts will specifically be written for the blog, but these notes posts are a way of trying to force myself […]

Lifers and the ‘right to hope’

A new campaign This post comes in the context of a meeting I attended in London earlier this week, convened by Penal Reform International. Attendees from a range of countries in both the global North and South all had some interest in the issue of life imprisonment. The aim was to explore how a global […]

Life sentences: the long view

The Prison Reform Trust has published its Bromley Briefing today – an indispensable twice-yearly compilation of facts and figures on the criminal justice system in the UK. Of particular interest to me and to anyone interested in life imprisonment is the section near the beginning dealing with life sentences in comparative and long-term perspective. This […]