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Roundtable Seminar: ‘Changing Prisons in Challenging Times- Revisited’

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School of Law Roundtable Seminar:

‘Changing Prisons in Challenging Times- Revisited’

Tuesday 4th April 2017, 9:00-14:00

Boardroom, C219-20, College Building Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

Draft Agenda

09.00 – 09.45

Coffee/pastries and networking

09.45 – 09.50

Welcome from the Chair Dr. Jenni Ward, Middlesex University

09.50 - 10.10

Professor Nick Hardwick, Chair of the Parole Board and Professor of Criminal Justice, Royal Holloway University of London

10.10 - 10.30

Professor Philip Leach and Ms Natalie Gray, Middlesex University

10.30 – 10.50

Dr. Rachel Seoighe, Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University

10.50 - 11.30

Questions to the panel and discussion

11.30 –11.50

Tea and coffee break

11.50-12.10

Mr Nick Pascoe, Executive Governor, Prison Reform – Coldingley and High Down

12.10-12.30

Dr Amy Ludlow and Dr Ruth Armstrong, Learning Together, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University

12.30-12.50

Mr. Erwin James, Editor of ‘Inside Time’ and Guardian Newspaper Journalist

12.50 – 13.30

Questions to the panel and discussion

13.30

Close and Buffet Lunch

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Two years ago we discussed within a roundtable forum the changes and challenges occurring within the prison system and how these were impacting on prison conditions, staffing morale, and prison governance. Since then continuing concerns for prison reform and modernization have unfolded, culminating in the recent launch of six ‘reform prisons’ operating on devolved budgets and governor autonomy, and the publication in November 2016 of a Prison Safety and Reform White Paper. These developments articulate ambitions for transformative change across the system. These however, are to be delivered within current resources that are severely affected by deep budgetary cuts occurring within wider economic policy. Serious financial stress placed upon the prison estate has undoubtedly affected the safe operation and management of many prisons. Whilst education and the importance of ‘purposeful activity’ are central propositions of the new reforms, challenges that have arguably held back the government’s vision for ‘transforming rehabilitation’ still exist.

This follow-up roundtable is an opportunity to open up the ongoing debate about the recent reforms – where changes are successfully being implemented, where progress is being hindered and where these reforms can go even further. Can the prison service bring about positive change within the current prison population, within current resources, and within wider challenges that come with the changing physical landscape of the prison estate? We are bringing together a panel of speakers concerned with the running of prisons, prisoners’ health, care and welfare, and rehabilitation and sentencing policy.

The event commences at 9:00am with coffee and pastries and opportunity for networking with presentations and discussion commencing at 9:45am. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Advance questions for panel discussion can be submitted via email to the roundtable convener Natalie Gray n.gray@mdx.ac.uk or Matt Cracknell m.cracknell@mdx.ac.uk

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