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In Conversation with Angela Kirwin

  • Date: 23 Jun 2022

  • Location: Online - bookings now closed

In Conversation with Angela Kirwin

Thursday 23 June 2022, 6pm to 7pm

In this In Conversation event, Andrea Coomber, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Ben Leapman, journalist at Inside Time, will be talking with Angela Kirwin, author of Criminal – How Our Prisons Are Failing Us All.

The event will be held online and is free to attend. Questions from the audience will be invited.

Angela Kirwin

Angela Kirwin grew up in Manchester and qualified with an MSc in social work. For over ten years in the social care sector, she worked with hundreds of people with criminal convictions both inside prison and out in the community. Her work on substance misuse and mental health was praised in Her Majesty’s prison inspections and she went on to secure a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the criminal justice systems of Norway and America. She has lectured at the University of Bristol on the topics of substance misuse, mental health, homelessness and trauma-informed care. She left the prison estate in 2016.

“We cannot hide the problems of our society behind walls and bars and pretend that we’re safer because we do. It is essential to listen to the stories of these men, look at the truth of our broken system and then strive to make the world a better place. Because right now, the state of our prisons is criminal.”

(Angela Kirwin, Criminal – How Our Prisons Are Failing Us All)

Criminal – How Our Prisons Are Failing Us All is available for purchase.

On 31 May 2022, Angela Kirwin and Andrea Coomber appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live, in a special programme focused on the prison system.


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