We need to work with, instead of against, the police 

It still really suprises me that in UK universities today much of the teaching around issues of UK policing focus so much attention on failure. Courses, modules and lectures regurgitating how corrupt, sexist, racist and ineffective our UK police forces are a prominent feature of many social science degrees. I am in no way arguing … Continue reading We need to work with, instead of against, the police 

Thoughts on HMP Berwyn 

I am very much opposed to the building of new "super-prisons" as followers of this blog will know. I don't believe that everyone who is sentenced needs to be incarcerated and I cannot stand to see people with social and individual problems being exploited for the purposes of capitalism. The privatisation of prisons in the … Continue reading Thoughts on HMP Berwyn 

Dehumanisation, deviance and crime

"People are out there doing bad things to each other. That's because they've been dehumanised. It's time to take the humanity back into the center of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed, it ain't going anywhere. They should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you're nothing. That's … Continue reading Dehumanisation, deviance and crime

Top Ten: Barriers I Have Faced In Academia

I have faced numerous barriers that prevented my academic progression in my formative years, and many will strike a chord will those reading this. Some of these barriers have resulted from my own life choices, others are a consequence of academic structures. It's interesting to think back over my journey and reflect on the main barriers … Continue reading Top Ten: Barriers I Have Faced In Academia

Top Ten: Reasons Why Our CJS is Failing

I found it so difficult narrowing it down to 10 - this could have easily have been a top 100. I support radical change in all these areas, and unless something is done, things are unlikely to change. The criminal justice system is being used as a social services system - we need to stop … Continue reading Top Ten: Reasons Why Our CJS is Failing

Does Age Matter?

When I wrote one of my first blogs on does gender matter I intended it to be a reflexive piece on my own journey through academia so far. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from fellow academics from a huge array of disciplines, clearly highlighting that gender does indeed matter. It got me thinking … Continue reading Does Age Matter?

Students are what make academic life great!

I've realised that my last 8 blog posts have probably been quite depressing; accusing Criminology of lacking any soul and being too egotistical; damning the gender discrimination; challenging the purpose of the REF and so on. It got me thinking why the hell am I still in academia, is it all that bad? So I … Continue reading Students are what make academic life great!