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Lessons from America

A report on of the commission on English Prisons Today

  • Price: £10

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-13-7

  • Published: 2008

  • Pages: 22

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


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A report from the Commission’s fact finding trip to New York in July 2008. The Commission met with a range of criminal justice personnel, community activists and academics; visited Rikers Island Jail and Red Hook Community Justice Court among others.

Over a period of two years this independent Commission looked at the driving forces influencing change and practice including legislation, politics and the media. It considered the principles, purpose and limits of a penal system and how it should sit alongside other social policy strategies.

The Commission held a number of consultation meetings, seminars, round table discussions with invited experts and received contributions form members of the public. The Commission visited prisons, community projects in the UK and abroad, including Norway, Finland, and the US.


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