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Towards Smarter Sentencing & Penal Policy: What Could and Should a Progress...

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It is widely argued that we should shift radically from an over-reliance on expensive and ineffective imprisonment to community based options, especially in respect of relatively less serious offences.

Increasingly, those wishing to pursue a socially progressive agenda recognise the role of criminal justice in deepening poverty and inequality. In some parts of the UK, notably Scotland, the government is explicitly committed to a radical reduction in imprisonment. What lessons, if any, can be drawn by Wales and England? And if we can agree on a direction of travel, how do we get there?

• How can, and should policy achieve a radical reduction in the use of imprisonment?

• Can change be achieved in a way which is just and meaningful, rather than appearing to be soft and spineless?

• Can reform be practically and politically sustainable?

• What does this mean for community penalties, imprisonment, victims, offenders and the public?

Join Cyrus Tata to discuss and debate the future direction of justice, sentencing policy.

There will be a reception in the Senior Common Room at 5.30pm to 6.15pm, followed by a lecture
and Q&A session from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

Professor Cyrus Tata, PhD, FRSA is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University Law School, where he is Director of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, and programme director of the LLM / MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change.

For over twenty-five years he has conducted and published research into various aspects of criminal justice in Scotland and abroad, including: the impact of legal aid reforms, plea decision-making and plea negotiation, lawyer-client relations, the role of pre-sentence reports, mitigation and individualisation, sentencing, executive release decision-making, and the use of information technology (including, for example, the introduction of a Sentencing Information System for the High Court).

He is founder and chair of the European Group on Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making (a network of academic, policy and practice members in over 25 countries). Regularly invited to speak to policy and practice audiences around the world, he has also served as adviser to governments in several countries and recently to the senior judiciary and court service of the Irish Republic, and is currently assisting Northern Ireland’s Review of Sentencing Policy. He is currently working, (with partners in Sweden, Italy and the USA), on an EU-funded research study into Emotions in the criminal process. In 2017 he was invited and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

This event is co-sponsred by the Journal of Law and Society

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