Global partnership yields fresh insights on over-use of imprisonment

02 Jun 2021
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What explains the world’s rising prisoner numbers? Does prison overcrowding impact public health? How has the pandemic affected prisoners and prisoner numbers? All countries use prison as a response to crime and disorder, but to vastly differing extents. Countries face similar dilemmas in how to deal effectively with crime, yet they make widely different policy choices in response – choices with huge societal impacts.

New research reveals devastating impact of pandemic on prisoners

18 May 2021

The prisons research team at the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London has published new research on measures taken to control the risk of COVID-19 in prisons, and their impact on prisoners’ health and wellbeing. The research covers a diverse group of countries across five continents and includes first-hand accounts of how life in custody changed from March 2020.

Catherine Heard on the Justice Focus podcast

30 Sep 2020

Catherine Heard, Director of ICPR's World Prison Research Programme, has spoken to Omar Phoenix Khan for his Justice Focus podcast.

Catherine discusses real world use of comparative criminology and our project "Understanding and reducing the use of imprisonment in ten countries."

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