News

This page will bring you all the latest news relevant to our topic “Is it a crime to be poor?

24 April 2022 – Click here to read ‘Education, experience of care and children’s offending’ Russell Webster.

7 April 2022 – Click here to read ‘Why are Pregnant Women in Prison? Our Findings’ a blog by Geraldine Brown and Rona Epstein

22 March 2022 – Click here to read ‘What big data can tell us about criminal justice’. Russell Webster.

19 March 2022 – Click here to hear from Karl who was arrested and fined under the Vagrancy Act and spoke in parliament about his experience as part of the Crisis campaign.

26 February 2022 – Government to repeal law allowing police to arrest rough sleepers – Click here to view

6 February 2022 – Webinar in Criminal Justice on stopping imprisonment of pregnant women – Click here to view

18 January 2022 – Event – WMSHA Webinar 26th January – Click here to book

18 January 2022 – Call to stop jailing pregnant women in England after baby dies in prison toilet

18 January 2022 – Event – Punishment – Monday 31st January, 6.00-7.15 pm – Click here to book

12 January 2022 – Scrap the Vagrancy Act

5 January 2022 – Poverty and Policing: research report and toolkit launch

*NEW* 25 November 2021 – Vagrancy: Government urged to decriminalise rough sleeping – BBC News

25 August 2021 – Crisis UK call on MPs to scrap the Vagrancy Act. Follow #ScrapTheAct on Twitter or see Crisis UK

23 August 2021 – Challenge Poverty Week England and Wales is 11-17 October 2021 see here for more information

8 July 2021 – The Guardian – Police bill risks criminalising homeless people, warns UK charity

28 June 2021 – Review bye-laws that criminalises poverty – Political Science Lecturer – an interesting news article from Ghana

21 June 2021 – Transport for London evicting rough sleepers from public areas in potential breach of law

21 May 2021 – The BMJ Opinion – Rona Epstein and John Middleton discuss why It is more urgent than ever that we end the criminalisation of poverty

12 May 2021 – The Open University- Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative – Sharon Hartles has written this blog article – Vagrancy Act 1824: Consign it to History!

27 April 2021 – The Guardian – All Covid fines in England should be reviewed, MPs say – This includes a discussion of the disproportionate impact of Covid fines – i.e. those that cannot afford to pay the fines are faced with a criminal record.

RAND Cooperation has just published its Outcome Evaluation of the National Model for Liaison and Diversion (March 2021)

18 April 2021 – The Guardian – Tackle Poverty and Inequality to reduce crime, says Police Chief

11 April 2021 – i Newspaper – Robert Jerrick accused of failing to honour promise to abolish Vagrancy Act which makes rough sleeping a crime

29 March 2021 – New York University News release – Prosecuting non-violent misdemeanours increases re-arrest rates, new study shows

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