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Justice and Fairness in Prisons

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Our blog on justice and fairness in prisons

Updates, reflections and examples of good practice.

This blog provides a deeper insight into the issues uncovered in our programme on justice and fairness in prisons. It includes examples of fairness and unfairness in prisons and records the experience of people in prison as well as analysis by researchers.

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  • 8 Jan 2021
    It should not require judicial review to overturn unfair findings of guilt in prison

    Our blog on justice and fairness in prisons Updates, reflections and examples of good practice. This blog provides a deeper insight into the issues uncovered in our programme on justice and fairness in prisons. It includes examples of fairness and unfairness in prisons and records the experience of people in prison as well as analysis […]  Read more

  • 27 Nov 2020
    The pandemic offers the chance to reset policy in prison discipline

    Our blog on justice and fairness in prisons Updates, reflections and examples of good practice. This blog provides a deeper insight into the issues uncovered in our programme on justice and fairness in prisons. It includes examples of fairness and unfairness in prisons and records the experience of people in prison as well as analysis […]  Read more

  • 15 Jun 2020
    Justice and fairness and race

    News headlines over the last few weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and indeed elsewhere, have been dominated by protests organised by the movement Black Lives Matters, following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In that city, the local council has voted to dismantle the existing police department, as protestors make the call to ‘defund the police’.  Read more

  • 4 Jun 2020
    Prison punishment: the procedural unfairness of prison adjudications

    On the same day as the adjudication discussed in the previous Justice and Fairness blog post, we attended a second adjudication at the same prison. The second adjudication was very clearly unfair, in terms of the charge that was brought and the process itself.  Read more

  • 22 May 2020
    Prison punishment: the everyday unfairness of prison adjudications

    The programme on justice and fairness will look at everyday injustice as well as procedural justice in prisons. Prison regimes are rife with everyday injustices: inconsistent processes, arbitrary decisions, bureaucratic delays, ignored complaints, poor living conditions and the lack of privacy afforded by a shared cell.  Read more

  • 7 May 2020
    Justice and fairness during COVID-19

    In the short time this blog has been running, we've discussed the issues of justice and fairness during the pandemic on several occasions, most notably here.  Read more

  • 24 Apr 2020
    Everyone matters equally: fair access to healthcare in prison during a pandemic

    The government’s guide to pandemic flu planning, last updated in 2017, includes a Framework that looks at the ethical aspects of decisions made during a pandemic  Read more

  • 9 Apr 2020
    Protecting the rights of those who remain in prison during a pandemic

    The last Justice and Fairness blogpost discussed how, in the middle of a pandemic, the rights of people in prison are more important than ever. Last week’s post focussed on the need to release people from prison in order to relieve pressure on the system.  Read more

  • 3 Apr 2020
    In a time of coronavirus, the rights of people in prison are more important than ever

    Parliament has just passed the Coronavirus Act 2020 which grants an enormous increase in state power. There have already been complaints that the police are exceeding their new powers. This new age of emergency laws has renewed debate around the need to protect our ever-fragile human rights. In the uniquely coercive environment of a prison, it is all the more important that people’s rights are respected.  Read more

  • 26 Mar 2020
    Justice does not stop at the prison gates: why fairer prisons mean a safer society

    In normal times I would ask you to imagine what it is like to be in prison. But right now, in the middle of a global pandemic, we are all living in constrained conditions. For some of us, these constraints are more difficult or more restrictive than for others.  Read more

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