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Catherine Heard on the Justice Focus podcast

30 Sep 2020

Catherine Heard, Director of ICPR's World Prison Research Programme, has spoken to Omar Phoenix Khan for his Justice Focus podcast.

Catherine discusses real world use of comparative criminology and our project "Understanding and reducing the use of imprisonment in ten countries."

You can listen to the podcast here:

Apple Podcasts: http://tinyurl.com/JF-Apple

Spotify: http://tinyurl.com/JF-Spotify

The World Prison Brief is 20! Roy Walmsley, its Founder and Director, reflects on the journey so far, in conversation with Catherine Heard.

28 Sep 2020

Since its launch in September 2000, the World Prison Brief (hosted and published by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, at Birkbeck) has become a gem of a resource – a completely unique database, giving open access to a wealth of information on prison systems worldwide. It now provides data on almost every country in the world. With a website visited over a million times a year and data relied on by policy makers, journalists, researchers, international agencies, NGOs and activists across the world, the Brief has gone from strength to strength.

A short prison sentence, a fine, or life imprisonment – all for the same offence: Exploring sentence disparities in ten countries

12 Aug 2020

Sentencing people who are convicted of a criminal offence is complex business. The sentencing policy and practice of any given country has a significant impact on prison population and overcrowding rates, and is closely linked with the ability to provide safe, humane prison conditions in line with international standards like the UN Nelson Mandela Rules. In this blog, written for Penal Reform International, Catherine Heard, Director of the World Prison Research Programme at the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, explores sentencing trends (and disparities) based on a study of ten countries. 

More than three million people are held in pre-trial detention and other forms of remand imprisonment worldwide

02 Apr 2020

Well over three million people are held in pre-trial detention and other forms of remand imprisonment throughout the world, according to the latest edition of the World Pre-trial/Remand Imprisonment List (WPTRIL), published today by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London.  

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