What is the future of criminal justice and human rights lecture at University of Leicester on Wednesday 27 September

Free public lecture celebrating 30th anniversary of University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology taking place on Wednesday 27 September

LEICESTER, 26-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The consequences of recent and future changes to the criminal justice system and how this will affect offenders and victims will be explored at an event organised by the University of Leicester on Wednesday 27 September.

The free public lecture, titled ‘What is the future of criminal justice and human rights?’, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology, reflecting on a broad range of themes which have been tackled by the Department for the last three decades.

The event is part of the annual Scarman Lecture Series at the University of Leicester, where high profile guest speakers deliver papers on a current issue in criminology, criminal justice, policing or community safety.

The panel of distinguished speakers at the event will include:

  • Frances Crook OBE: Chief Executive, Howard League of Penal Reform
  • Mick Creedon: Chief Constable (ret.), Derbyshire Police
  • William Baldet: Coordinator, Leicester Prevent

The lecture will explore central questions which criminologists confront in their research and writing, examining how the criminal justice system will work, how it is changing and the consequences for offenders, victims, practitioners and society in general.

These questions about change shed light on what we mean by human rights and how social and criminal justice can achieve rights for all.

Director of Research Professor Teela Sanders said: “Our annual lecture is always a chance for an eminent practitioner or academic to discuss some key issues relating to the criminal justice system and this year we have three important and influential people who can really draw out some of the nuances and complexities of contemporary criminology. Audiences will be treated to some real insights relating to current criminal justice issues relating to prisons, terrorism and policing and we all stand to hear some interesting perspectives and ground level reflections on safety, security and risks.”

Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of the Department of Criminology, said: “A 30th birthday is a landmark achievement in the life of any academic department and one that we are hugely proud of. We have evolved into one of the very best Departments of Criminology anywhere in the world; a research-intensive, multi-disciplinary community of criminologists who shape policy and scholarship through a diverse programme of teaching, research and enterprise activities.”

The free public lecture, ‘What is the future of criminal justice and human rights?’, will take place on Wednesday 27 September between 5.30pm-7.30pm in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing.

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Notes to editors:

For more information about the event contact Professor Teela Sanders from the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology on tlms1@leicester.ac.uk or call 0116 252 5705.

Speaker profiles:

Frances Crook OBE: Chief Executive, Howard League of Penal Reform

Appointed in 1986, Frances Crook has been responsible for research programmes and campaigns to raise public concern about suicides in prison, the over-use of custody, poor conditions in prison, young people in trouble, and mothers in prison. She was awarded an OBE for services to youth justice in the 2010 New Year Honours List. She was appointed as an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Criminology at University of Leicester in 2014.


Mick Creedon: Chief Constable (ret.), Derbyshire Police

Mick Creedon joined Leicestershire Constabulary in 1980. He has since enjoyed a 37-year policing career, with the past ten years in his role as Chief Constable of Derbyshire Police. Mick worked on high profile cases over the years, as well as leading on the development of specialist teams to address specific complex policing issues within the region. Mick was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in 2011 and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. He retired earlier this year.

 

William Baldet: Coordinator, Leicester Prevent

William Baldet is a Prevent practitioner in Leicester and is based at The St Philips Centre, an inter-faith charity that specialises in promoting dialogue between communities. Formerly Northampton’s Prevent Engagement Officer, William joined the St Philip’s Centre to become the first non-local authority employed Prevent Coordinator in the country. He works alongside police and the community, engaging with mosques and civil society groups to address the problem of extremism.

About the Scarman Lectures

Each year the Department of Criminology invites high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on a current issue in criminology, criminal justice, policing or community safety. These lectures are open to the public and members of the University of Leicester.

SOURCE: University of Leicester

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