Monthly Archives: November 2012

An open letter to Chris Grayling from an ‘old lag’

Dear Mr Grayling, I read with great interest your speech on Tuesday. As someone who has been to prison, and now recruits and trains mentors, I am doing the work you want to encourage. But I find your description of … Continue reading

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‘The time to act is now’: Grass roots radical activism

David Scott calls for policy interventions to reduce prison populations alongside the fostering of community based social movements. The mobilisation of grass roots activists is absolutely necessary for any sustained radical transformation of current penal and social realities.  In England and Wales the … Continue reading

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Electronic monitoring and penal excess

Mike Nellis critically appraises a recent Policy Exchange report and calls for a better debate on what drives the growth of electronic monitoring. Although England and Wales still has the largest number of people on electronic monitoring (EM) in the … Continue reading

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Next steps for the coalition: Naming and claiming it

In September around 50 people gathered at a meeting in London to consider the opportunities for building a broad based movement to tackle penal excess and build socially just alternatives in the UK. Academics, practitioners, students, grass roots organisations, critical … Continue reading

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