“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the lives of prisoners, their families and those that work in prison. Wide scale lockdown with people held in cells for up to 23 and a half hours a day, as well as the suspension of family visits since March have placed an immense strain on prisoners and their loved ones during this unprecedented time." Prison Reform Trust 2020
For the prison service the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic came at time already shaped by other ongoing crises centred on rising rates of imprisonment, accompanied by dramatic cuts in public spending and staffing levels. Amidst these crises HMPPS continues to maintain that rehabilitation should be the core mission of the prison service.
This symposium brings together academic criminologists and researchers, penal reformers, prison directors and practitioners, third sector agencies in the penal field and undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Plymouth to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within prisons, on prisoners, their families and those who work in and provide vital support into the prison community.
We are delighted to confirm the following sessions for this one-day symposium.
Plenary 1: Prisons - the current challenges (09:45-12:00)
- Professor Wendy Fitzgibbon (University of Leicester)
- Dr David Scott (The Open University)
- Matt Ford (Centre for Crime and Justice Studies)
- Dr David Maguire (Prison Reform Trust)
This plenary will be followed by a Q&A session with the panel.
Plenary 2: The pains of imprisonment and innovative prison projects (13:00-16:00)
- Patricia Gray (University of Plymouth)
- Professor Joe Sim (Liverpool John Moores University)
- Laura Polley (University of Suffolk)
- Christine Kennedy (University of Plymouth)
- Emily Atkins (Catch-22)
- Lee Middleton (HMP Dartmoor)
- Sarah Hocking (StandOut)
This plenary includes a Q&A session with the panel.
This event will be hosted fully online via Zoom. To register your place please use the link above and if you have any questions please contact email@example.com