What if? A series of challenging pamphlets
What is ‘What if…?’
The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Mannheim Centre at the London School of Economics are working in partnership to establish a new pamphlet series that challenges conventional thinking on penal issues. We are working with established and well thought of thinkers, academics and practitioners to develop innovative, and perhaps controversial, ideas that can work as a stimulus to new policy initiatives and ultimately achieve change.
How it works
We are keen to test, challenge and improve the initial ideas to be promulgated in the pamphlet. To achieve this, the author subjects their ideas to ‘peer review’ at an invitee seminar, with the ideas initially subject to scrutiny from one or two discussants and then from the invited audience.
Following the seminar the author is invited to prepare the paper for publication.
- What if police bail was abolished?
- What if imprisonment were abolished for property offences?
- Rethinking the Gateway: Using evidence to reform the criminal justice system for victims and people who offend
- Professionalising the probation service: Why university institutes would transform rehabilitation
- In praise of fire brigade policing: Contra common sense conceptions of the police role