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What's Prison Really Like?

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A public lecture at the University of Leicester is to explore just how ‘tough’ and ‘intelligent’ prisons really are.

Nick Hardwick, the current Chief Inspector of Prisons, will give a public lecture on 'What's Prison Really Like?' on Thursday 13 December at 5.15pm at the Rattray Lecture Theatre on the main University of Leicester Campus. To book contact Russell Knifton at rk191@le.ac.uk.

This is the first of four new free public lectures organised by the University’s Department of Criminology as part of the recently re-launched Scarman lecture series.

The Prime Minister has said he wants prison to be part of a ‘Tough but Intelligent’ justice system. Chris Grayling, the new Justice Secretary, wants to accelerate the ‘Rehabilitation Revolution’ his predecessor, Ken Clarke, started. So what is the truth? How ‘tough’ are prisons now and how ‘intelligent’ are they?

This lecture will use the findings of the independent inspection system to compare some of the myths about prison with the realities and examine how prisons are coping with the demand to deliver improved outcomes at a time of rising populations and reducing budgets.

It will show that while progress has been made in some areas, there are signs that basic standards of safety and decency are being compromised.

Nick Hardwick began work as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in July 2010.  He was previously the first Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission from 2003 to 2010. He is currently chair of the Housing Ombudsman Service and a trustee of New Horizon Youth Centre. 

'What's Prison Really Like?' will take place on Thursday 13 December at 5.15pm at the Rattray Lecture Theatre on the main University of Leicester Campus. It is free and open to the public. To book contact Russell Knifton at rk191@le.ac.uk.

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