Thank you all for following, supporting and engaging in my blog over the last 2 years. The time has come for me to end the Blogging Criminologist. There are many reasons for this, some professional and some personal, but those reasons don't matter right now. I want to end with some last thoughts of what … Continue reading Signing off as Blogging Criminologist….
Teaching Criminology can be fun, exciting and engaging, but at the same time we can find it challenging, tiring and sometimes demoralising. Even if you take away institutional constraints and bureaucratic tape, the discipline itself poses great difficulties for lecturers today. There are so many Criminology courses across the UK now and some are definitely … Continue reading Top Ten: What makes a great Criminology course?
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
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
I doubt many would disagree that our prison system is seriously flawed on many levels. Whether your interest is in punitive retribution, prisoner rehabilitation, safety of inmates and staff, desistance or privatisation, it is clear that our prison system isn't working and serious reform is urgently required. However, the prison is part of our criminal … Continue reading We need to think bigger than prisons