Empowerment as Resistance: Critical Praxis in an Age of Incarceration


Event Date: 22 June 2012
Room B34
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Law on Trial 2012: 18 June – 22 June 2012

CRIME, ORDER AND JUSTICE

Are effective justice and the fairness of the criminal process always in tension? This year’s Law on Trial will address this question, which has been brought into sharp focus by events such as G20 protests, and the riots of August 2011. Sessions will consider tactics used in the policing of protest, including ‘kettling’, two sessions on the riots in the UK and gang culture, and the use of stop and search and anti-terrorism powers. We shall also examine punitive responses to HIV and AIDS.

Law on Trial provides a platform on which academics, trade unionists, practitioners and activists can present alternative and progressive thinking about law, the criminal justice system and its relationship to society and economy.

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Empowerment as Resistance: Critical Praxis in an Age of Incarceration

The London Riots in 2011 showed that stereotypes that criminalise youth are not helpful in unravelling the tension at the heart of the difficult social phenomenon of violence. However, there are nearly 90,000 people currently in prisons in the UK, and around 10,000 of them are between the ages of 18 and 20. The focus on dealing with criminality is not on crime prevention or creating positive opportunities, but on incarceration. With this in mind:

What are the biggest shortcomings of the present incarceration system with regard to rehabilitation, and what would be the effect of remedying these shortcomings?
How can NGOs and community organisations help bring about structural change?
Are there best-practice models that cities in the UK can use to model change in the criminal justice system, particularly with regard to youth empowerment?

This panel aims to address the above questions, among others, in assessing the inadequacies of the current method of administering criminal justice in the UK as well as prospects for the future.

Birkbeck speaker: Eddie Bruce-Jones, Co-ordinator of the International Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh

Guest speakers: Simon Fulford  from Khulisa UK and Amanda Nelmes from LEAP Confronting Conflict.

Introduction by Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck)

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Simon Fulford  (Khulisa UK)

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Amanda Nelmes (LEAP Confronting Conflict)

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