As poverty skyrockets and services shrink, we are told our criminal justice system must expand: that prisons are overcrowded, prison officers in need of more weapons and police under strain. What’s really going on in our criminal justice system, and how does it relate to conditions on the outside - to austerity, poverty, racism - and everyday survival?
This session is a chance to exchange ideas about criminal justice - its problems, and its solutions - with experts about prisons, policing and austerity in a participatory setting.
Dr Adam Elliot Cooper is a researcher in policing and criminalisation at Greenwich University
Zahra Bei is a former PRU Teacher and Co-founder of No More Exclusions, a grassroots coalition movement focused on racial disparities in school exclusion, working for quality inclusive education for all.
Pamela Fitzpatrick is the director of a legal advice charity in Harrow which provides free and independent legal advice and representation to local people. She had written and lectured extensively on the treatment of migrants. She is also the Labour Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Harrow East.
INQUEST is the only charity providing expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, advice and support agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Our specialist casework includes deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question. This includes work around the Hillsborough football disaster and the Grenfell Tower fire.