This conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to the development of Prisons and Penal Policy in different countries. The intention is to discuss the role and changing nature of imprisonment around the world. In doing so it is the intention that delegates will be able to draw on different experiences and engage in comparative analysis of imprisonment. Discussions of all issues relating to imprisonment and penal policy will be welcomed and it is expected that papers will cover such areas as:
  • Penal reform
  • The changing role of imprisonment
  • The development of alternatives to custody
  • Sentencing practices
  • privatisation
  • prison conditions and organisations
  • Human rights and victimisation,
  • restorative justice
It is also expected that there will be sessions which will examine the treatment of specific groups in prison, particularly ethnic minorities, women and juveniles.


We are delighted to announce that the keynote presentations will be given by:

  • Anne Owers, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
  • Professor Loic Wacquant
  • Professor Pat Carlen
  • Professor Thomas Mathiesen
  • Professor Michael Tonry