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Reducing violence and deaths in prisons

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University of Greenwich

Old Royal Navy College

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SE10 9LS

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Violence, suicide and use of force are at an all time high in prisons, and there is a disproportionate impact on those with mental health issues and black and ethnic minority prisoners. Prison surveys have also shown that BME prisoners have the most negative experiences and outcomes in prisons. How can we improve the safety of all prisoners and improve the outcomes of BME and Muslim prisoners? This free all-day conference will bring together experts in criminal justice, prison reform, politicians, academics, ex-offenders and journalists to seek solutions. Lunch provided.

The event will also see the launch of a new report by the Runnymede Trust and the University of Greenwich into improving disproportionality in prisons for BME prisoners and reducing violence and deaths in prisons.

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Thursday 19th October. 9.15am - 4.15pm, at the University of Greenwich, Old Royal Navy College, SE10 9LS.

Panels:

  • How can we reduce deaths of people with mental health issues in custody?

  • How can we reduce use of force (control & restraint) in relation to BME prisoners?

  • Can interventions which include BME experiences & cultural background reduce reoffending rates of BME prisoners?

  • What role can prison officers play in reducing violence and deaths in prisons?

Speakers include:

  • Steve Reed - MP Croydon North (Steve is introducing a law to end excessive use of force on mental health patients following the tragic death of Olaseni Lewis)

  • Frances Crook - Howard League for Penal Reform

  • Professor Nicholas Hardwick, former Chief Inspector of HMP (now Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • Patrick Vernon - Black Thrive

  • Professor Darrick Jolliffe - Professor of Criminology, University of Greenwich

  • Steve Gillan - General Secretary - Prison Officers Association

  • Helen Arnold – University of Suffolk

  • Dr Zubaida Haque - Research Associate, The Runnymede Trust

  • Deborah Coles – INQUEST

  • Keiran Manners – Practitioner HM Prisons

  • Professor David Maguire – Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich

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