2015 events calendar for British prisons

A collection of events from the prison world. Check in regularly for updates.

Below is a regularly updated list of prison-related events. Please let us know if you have any to add.


Criminal Justice: An agenda for the new government

10 March 2015

This one day conference at the University of Cambridge will debate what works and what doesn’t work in the current British criminal justice system. It aims to set the agenda for a new debate ahead of the UK general election in May. It includes practitioners from all sectors, commissioners, policy makers, judges, academics and post-graduate students.

When: 9.30am–4pm, 10 March 2015
Where: Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
Cost: £30
More infocriminaljusticealliance.org

Prison education professional development conference

13 March 2015

The British Council and The Bell Foundation are organising a half-day continuing professional development conference for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education across the UK.

When: 12-6pm, 13 March 2015
Where: The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP
Cost: Free
More infocpd.web.ucu.org.uk

Behind closed bars: sex in prison

17 March 2015

The Commission on Sex in Prison, established by the Howard League for Penal Reform, has been trying to gather reliable data on the under-researched topic of sex in prison since 2013. This one day conference will examine the implications for prisoners, health practitioners, prison staff, policy makers, criminal justice professionals and the wider community.

When: 9.30am–3.45pm, 17 March 2015
Where: The King’s Fund, 11–13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN
Cost: £75-175
More infohowardleague.org

Criminal justice since 2010. What happened? What next?

23 March 2015

Assessing the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examining the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election, brought to you by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies .

Featuring politcians, academics and charities, as well as speakers from Reform, The Daily Telegraph and the BBC.

When: 9am-4pm, 23 March 2015
Where: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
Cost: £5+
More info: crimeandjustice.org.uk

What are the alternatives to prison?

21 April 2015

This event will consider the radical alternatives to imprisonment. Participants will be invited to discuss opportunities for building practices and policies to make sure that criminal justice responses are no longer required.

When: 2-4pm, 21 April 2015
Where: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, 2 Langley Lane, London, SW8 1GB
Cost: £5+
More info: crimeandjustice.org.uk

Prison Research Network launch

28 April 2015

The event is organised by the Centre for Applied Social Research of the Leeds Beckett University to celebrate the launch of a new research group into issues relating to imprisonment and the challenges facing ex prisoners and their families. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, will give a keynote speech.

When: 4-7pm, 28 April 2015
Where: Cloth hall Court (Room 402) Leeds Beckett University, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2 HA
Cost: Free
More infoleedsbeckett.ac.uk

 Prisons and the problem of trust

5 June 2015

This years Annual Roger Hood Public Lecture will be given by Professor Alison Liebling, University of Cambridge, on ‘Prisons and the problem of trust: contrasting approaches to risk, radicalisation and personal growth in two high security prisons.’

When: 5pm, 5 June 2015
Where: Manor Road Social Sciences Building Lecture Theatre
Cost: tbc
More info: crim.ox.ac.uk


Alternatives to custody: a critical look at UK practice and policy

10 June 2015

Another event about different approaches to the treatment of people in the criminal justice system, brought to you by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
There will be four sessions:

  • Political and policy developments in the use of community sanctions and post-release supervision measures
  • Effective practice around alternatives to custody for young adults, focusing on the importance of maturity assessment by those working in probation
  • Ensuring better use of alternatives for women, focusing on the work of Women’s Centres
  • The Issues raised by our increasing reliance on electronic monitoring and tracking throughout the criminal justice process.

When: 9:30am – 4pm, 10 June 2015
Where: 2 Langley Lane, London SW8 1GB
Cost: £0 – 20
More infocrimeandjustice.org.uk

If you would like your event included in our calendar, write to us: ukprisonwatch at gmail dot com

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