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Community Justice and Transforming Conflict

  • Sep 12, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • Thatcher Room

Yasmin Qureshi MP Has agreed to host a meeting at House of Commons on how we should shape our attitudes to Justice in the 21st century.

We tend to have a strictly legal approach to justice where punishment and deterrence through the state is paramount. And yet it does not appear to be working well. We have one of the highest prison populations in Europe and a high rate of re offending. Clearly our legalistic approach is not strictly successful. At this meeting we would like to look at some of the initiatives now taking place around the process of rehabilitation, reducing offending rates and community involvement through restorative justice - an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders and that can involve local communities.

Helping us in is this discussion are,

Yasmin Qureshi MP. Yasmin has been actively involved in community work for over twenty years with the Citizen Advice Bureau and local law centres. She has been the governor for a college and three schools. She is passionate about public service and firm in her commitment to work for the people of Bolton South-east. Yasmin has worked in the Government Legal Service and the Crown Prosecution Service. She was the Head of the Criminal Legal Section of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and later the Director of the department of Judicial Administration in Kosovo. Yasmin has acted as Human Rights advisor to the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Neena Samota (MA, MPhil) Neena is a research consultant with eleven years of professional experience in developing evidence-led research in the voluntary sector. As policy and research manager at Nacro, the crime reduction charity, she was involved in influencing criminal justice policy at both local and national levels. Neena’s policy and research expertise spans criminal justice, mental health and social policy issues. She managed, led and authored several research and evaluation reports at Nacro for a range of clients including the National Offender Management Service, Home Office and voluntary sector organisations. Neena has done substantial policy and research work on a range of subject areas such as youth crime, mental health, prisoners, resettlement, restorative justice, the BAME voluntary sector and equality issues within criminal justice. Neena currently chairs the Coalition for Racial Justice (UK), is a trustee on the Board for Voice4Change England and a member of the action group StopWatch.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS). He is also a Visiting Professor in Youth Policy at Buckinghamshire New University, a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece), a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK) and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Criminology and Justice Research, Department of Justice, Mount Royal University (Canada).

IARSis a leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society.

They achieve their charitable aims by producing evidence-basedsolutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the communityto shape decision making. IARS is an international expert in criminal justice, restorative justice, human rights and inclusion, citizenship and user-led research.

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  • Jeff R.

    I was impressed with all the speakers except the MP

    October 8, 2012

  • Selma

    Quite informative

    September 16, 2012

  • Anne B.

    Great content and speakers - much thanks to them, and to Francis for always providing quality themes and attracting good people and audiences. The subject was wide and could have been more clearly defined without restricting us. My perennial niggle is with the missed opportunities to facilitate something more engaging/meaningful interaction. Also, sorry still finding the photography and media efforts, whilst well-meaning for widening reach, undermine the focus on debate and the people there at the time!

    September 14, 2012

  • Stephanie R.

    Interesting meeting but I'd have liked more attention paid to problems for families when a parent (esp the mother) is imprisoned. For a mother of young children prison does more than punish her. Do we know what happens to the children of imprisoned mothers? Are they more likely to get involved in mnthe criminal justice system? (Btw, I did attend although my name doesn't appear in the list)

    September 13, 2012

  • George W.

    As a mere member of the public I was quickly humbled and somewhat overawed by the presence of so many knowlegeable, articulate, committed and passionate subject professionals. Its a big subject we were invited to consider, but it very quickly focussed only on restorative justice which, while an important issue, is not exactly what it said on the tin! What wegot was a five star discussion. But I had expected a wider discussion targeted at how communities are working, hence my overall three star rating.

    September 13, 2012

  • Julie A.

    Interesting discussion. Much covered. Seems now to put things into action.

    September 13, 2012

  • Marc B.

    Our interview of Neena Samota discussing restorative justice and rehabilitation:
    Thanks all for a great event.

    September 12, 2012

  • terence f.

    much ground covered and clearly more to discuss. well chaired. good to see old faces.

    September 12, 2012

  • Marc B.

    Francis and I will interview main speakers before the meeting. The videos will be available shortly here afterwards. Don't forget the conversation about the event will happen here:

    September 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been visiting inmates in 3 prisons so far who are all innocent and "Litigants in Person", for they cannot trust their lawyers. One of the many websites I publish or edit, contains a critique of the British system, written by an American lawyer. She quotes Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England: "the adversarial system for settling civil legal disputes was in reality 'profitable monopoly of lawyers' and called for the Government to take steps to reform the law."

    The worst of my observations are the statistics on : Social Services take children from their parents "in the best interest of the child" who are being abused and end up in prison, while innocent parents are being criminalised. In a recent "trial" the jury was rigged and the parents given 7 years: shows many cases of white collar crimes that I hope MPs will tackle. Timely debate!

    September 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Imprisonment is punishment. With a high rate of re-offending it follows that in most cases it is not a deterrent. We need other forms of punishment for non violent crimes which at the moment attract mandatory sentences.

    September 11, 2012

  • Jazz R.

    In the Address/URL window take the &ref=1 off the end of the link to speed up searches after the first run. Enjoy hunting.

    September 7, 2012

  • Jazz R.

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    Please be patient while data loads, there are nearly 4500 Global Net 21 members. It should take 3 or 4 minutes.

    September 7, 2012

  • Duncan S F.

    yep, lynch mobs are a great idea - amazing that this guff is given time by any intelligent person!

    September 6, 2012

  • P.Selvaratnam

    There is an APPG DAT meeting in Committee Room 19 on the opposite side of Portcullis from[masked]pm. Is it possible to change the time to 7.-9.00pm please?

    August 24, 2012

  • Amrit S.

    Sounds interesting, thank you! I work as a counsellor in a male prison in London and feel the talk will resonate on many levels.

    August 24, 2012

  • Jazz R.

    Portcullis House Entrance:
    Coming out of Westminster tube, facing The Houses of Parliament, Turn left around the corner to and go down the road facing the river. On the left is the Portcullis house Entrance, usually with two Policeman standing guard. After going through Security, proceed up the stairs immediately in front of the Security Area and proceed to the first floor where the Thatcher Room is.

    August 14, 2012

  • sarah

    Not been to Portcullis House before & looks like a big building - please could anyone tell me, on which street is the entrance we need to use to get to the Thatcher Room?

    August 14, 2012

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