EVENT: Join Clive Stafford Smith, John Podmore, and David Jessel  in the third annual Prisoners’ Advice Service/ JusticeGap debate  – hosted by the UCL Centre for Access to Justice. Book now.

The debate – 1.6m behind bars: are there any lessons to learn from the US prison system? – will be chaired by investigative journalist, author and campaigner David Jessel.

Confirmed panelists so far are:

  • Clive Stafford Smith, founder of Reprieve who has spent 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the US;
  • Hamja Ahsan, brother of Talha Ahsan, detained without trial in the UK for six years before being extradited to the USA in October 2012 – details of the Free Talha Ahsan campaign HERE
  • Dr Sharon Shalev, research fellow Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, author of Supermax: controlling risk through solitary confinement, and www.solitaryconfinement.org;
  • John Podmore, author, criminal justice consultant and former prison governor.

When: Tuesday May 21st, 630pm

Where: Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College of London campus, Gower Street, London

Book: email mary-rachel@thejusticegap.com; or hywel.probert@prisonersadvice.org.uk. We need name; address; organisation & contact number. Tickets are free. Max two tickets.


Author: Jon Robins

Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon’s books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council’s journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year’s Criminal Justice Alliance’s journalism award

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