An ESRC festival of social science event on November  7 titled ‘ The School to Prison Pipeline: A UK Perspective’ at the University of Birmingham, registration details below:

Eventbrite –

Past events

On Wednesday 29 June we will held an event at Birmingham University on the theme IS IT A CRIME TO BE POOR? We discussed the criminalisation of rough sleeping and begging; the school exclusion to prison pipeline; imprisonment for council tax debt (still applied in England, no longer applied in Scotland or Wales); prosecution for TV licence payment default; diversion programmes;  and other issues. To find out more, click here.

Recordings for the talks are available on YouTube – see links below

Rona Epstein:

Paula Harriott:

Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay:

Tara Casey:

Previous event – please see below for a summary, link to the webinar, and the related publication

On Wednesday the 11th November 2020 The ‘ICP’ alliance launched its first webinar as part of the University of Birmingham’s ‘ESRC Festival of Social Science’ to discuss the issues around the criminalisation of poverty. We brought together an expert panel from academia, policy and practice to discuss how we can end the criminalisation of poverty. The online audience of 300 strong indicated that there is a real interest in discussion and exchange of ideas on this growing issue.

Speakers included: Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Tara Casey, APPEAL, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing at the University of Birmingham and Professor Eddie Kane, Centre for Health and Justice, Nottingham. The evening opened with presentations from Rona Epstein, Honorary Research Fellow, Coventry Law School, Coventry University on ‘A Brief History of Debt and Punishment’ – view and listen Here, and from Martine Lignon, Chair of The Prisoners’ Advice Service on the ‘Criminalisation of Rough Sleeping and Begging’ , view and listen Here.

Watch the webinar Here.

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