What if? A series of challenging pamphlets
What is 'What if...?'
The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Mannheim Centre at the London School of Economics are working in partnership to establish a new pamphlet series that challenges conventional thinking on penal issues. We will work with established and well thought of thinkers, academics and practitioners to develop innovative, and perhaps controversial, ideas that can work as a stimulus to new policy initiatives and ultimately achieve change.
Offender desistance policing: What if evidence was used to redesign the gateway to criminal justice?
London School of Economics, Wednesday 4 December, 6-8pm
Lecture: Peter Neyroud CBE QPM
Discussants: Professor Gloria Laycock, Professor Paul Ekblom
Chair: Frances Crook
At this seminar, Peter Neyroud will propose a very different approach to the criminal justice system, which he argues has not changed fundamentally despite several decades of reforms. He advocates triaging offenders with a low harm profile away from court to structured diversion or deferred prosecution - might not only allow courts and probation to focus more effectively on the more harmful offenders, but also offer an opportunity to encourage more offenders away from offending at an early stage before offending becomes embedded.
How it works
We are keen to test, challenge and improve the initial ideas to be promulgated in the pamphlet. To achieve this, the author will subject their ideas to ‘peer review’ at an invitee seminar, with the ideas initially subject to scrutiny from one or two discussants and then from the invited audience.
Following the seminar the author will be invited to prepare the paper for publication.
The Howard League and the Mannheim Centre are committed to generating two or three pamphlets each academic year. Although we have many ideas about issues we would like to address, we are keen to hear your ideas about issues that you would like to see on our agenda.
If you have any ideas please email Anita Dockley, Research Director.