Youth conference on Crime and Punishment

Youth conference on Crime and Punishment 1Year 13 sociology students attended a conference on crime and punishment Wednesday 2nd November 2016. The conference was led by David Wilson, Professor of Criminology and Funding Director at the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

Students had a chance to hear the latest news on prison populations as well as heartfelt stories by ex-prisoners about their rehabilitation programmes.  A range of topics was covered - such as the use of the Prison Radio Association, HMP Forest Bank – one of the largest prisons in the UK – and South Yorkshire Community and Rehabilitation Company (which carries out extremely valuable work to reduce re-offending and support victims), Womens Aid, the Koestler Trust and charity, The Revolving Doors Agency.  Our students had the opportunity to ask questions and listen to debates on the latest topics regarding crime and punishment in the UK.  The lectures were enlightening and support the Unit 4 Crime and Deviance that Year 13 students are covering in their specification.