Lecture series to shed light on child protection, prison reform and miscarriages of justice

Posted by ap507 at Sep 29, 2014 01:30 PM |
High profile guest speakers at Scarman Lecture series

As part of its Scarman Lecture series, the Department of Criminology invites a number of high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice and community safety.

This season kicks off on Wednesday 1 October with Guardian blogger and one of the longest serving juvenile prisoners, Benn Gunn (pictured), who has a unique biography. From schoolboy convict to head of the prisoners union, Ben not only lived imprisonment, he studied it, making him one of the most potent penal reform commentators.

Other speakers include British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for Tooting, Sadiq Aman Khan, who will deliver his talk on ‘Crime and Justice Policy Under the Next Labour Government’ and Lawyer and human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti who will talk about her role as director of Liberty for over 10 years.

John Taft will close the lecture series in March 2015 – a man who served a mandatory life sentence for a murder he maintains he did not commit - to share his own experiences in his talk, ‘Miscarriages of Justice Happen to Ordinary People.’

See here for more information about the lecture times and dates.

A wine reception will follow the lectures, providing an opportunity to meet and talk to the guest speakers.

To register your attendance and to find out updates and more information, please contact Russell Knifton on rk191@le.ac.uk