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10
June
Friday

Prison Reform Panel

@ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Prison Reform Panel

The Nationality and Borders Bill had focused political discussion on the criminal justice system, with the proposed legislation giving the government powers to criminally penalise asylum seekers in violation of Article 31 of the Refugees Convention. The outrage this bill has produced is directed only at the most salient injustices in a criminal justice system which seems to confer social disadvantages into crimes.
Just societies are defined not just by how they distribute their assets and opportunities but also by who they punish, in what way, and what for. This injustice is not just brought upon prisoners but society as a whole, which feels the strain of a prison system which fails to rehabilitate ex-convicts. This panel will seek to critically assess UK prisons and ask how they should best be reformed to help lead the way towards a more just and equal society.
Speakers:
The Reverend Jonathan Aitken –
A former cabinet minister and current Church of England Priest. He served a seven month imprisonment in 1999. He is now a Director of Prison Fellowship International. He has written two books, which both focus on prison reform.
Erwin James –
Mr James’ first conviction came when he was eleven years old for robbing a shop. He served a Mandatory Life Sentence for Murder, during which time he became a
Guardian columnist. He now works as the Chief Editor of Inside Time and has served as a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust.
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