Moving towards a post-penal society

I wrote this contribution to the Future We Deserve, a curated collaborative online project. It re-iterates some thoughts to responding to crises whilst also providing a brief overview of prison and its purpose.

If there is nothing else the current economic crisis has taught the modern Western world it’s this: hyperincarceration is not Continue reading “Moving towards a post-penal society”

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Beyond incarceration and reoffending (Ekklesia)

Article by Anton Shelupanov on Ekklesia: Beyond incarceration and reoffending (external site)

Our Justice System Must Embrace Innovation as a Necessity (The Independent)

Article by Anton Shelupanov in the Independent: Our Justice System Must Embrace Innovation as a Necessity (external site)

“Human rights with no money” – still time to avert a catastrophe

In a way, I’ve been very lucky. I cut my teeth in the world of human rights and prison reform mostly in the naughties (having started in ‘99), which globally I think was a golden decade for prison reform. Not because suddenly all the hawks became doves or there weren’t people being tortured or dying from Continue reading ““Human rights with no money” – still time to avert a catastrophe”

Justice Perestroika: managing prisons in a time of crisis

That sounds more like the title of a book or a social movement, but I just wanted to commit to writing a few thoughts about the possible scenarios facing us in the “developed” world in the coming months and years. Perhaps someday sooner rather than later I could gather some of these ideas in something a little more solid than an online repository, but until then I shall document these thoughts here.

Many of you will of course recognise that title as a reference to Continue reading “Justice Perestroika: managing prisons in a time of crisis”