I’m writing this to give a little plug to the excellent Destressed Life blog, which I’ve been following with interest for some time. It’s written by someone called Chris, and many of the recent posts concern a prison sentence. It gives an account of his life, arrest, conviction, journey through the prison system, and subsequent homelessness, but also for the fact that the most recent few posts have been written by his father, which capture some of the uncertainty and difficulty faced by families. The posts are long, but they are honest and compelling. I think they are really worthwhile if you have an interest in prison issues or good Read full post >>
When I first sat down to write this post, I immediately left the window open, got up, and started tidying. I tend to tidy when I have other things I want to do, even if they are important. One way to think about this is as procrastination. Another way is to think of it as clearing the space necessary to focus on one thing, other distractions having been removed. It’s a way of focusing, or simplifying. Sometimes I feel guilty for not getting on with the main task, but at other times I just go with it, knowing that once I have mentally readied myself, I will get to the Read full post >>
Regular readers will have noticed a totally new look. The old theme was buggy and was giving me a number of problems, and while I liked it for usability, maintaining it was eating far too much time. So for the time being this is an off-the-shelf version. I may experiment with some others so that I can stop worrying about appearance, and start writing more.
This is a really interesting article suggesting randomised control trials of different sentencing options. I don’t know what I think about the ethics of it, but as the evidential gold standard, it would be a really interesting set of results to interpret.
As you can see I’ve been doing some work on the site. It’s now moved off Blogger and onto a self-hosted WordPress site, which gives me the ability to do a lot more fun things with the layout, widgets, and general usability. It’ll probably evolve slowly as I learn to do some more interesting things with CSS and PHP, and get the hang of the massively configurable, and complicated, theme that I’ve used for both this and the site I built for work. But unlike that site, it needn’t remain under wraps until it’s ready, not least because I’ve not been adding any content to the blog since at least Read full post >>
Here you can find a version of my article reporting on the Quakers in Criminal Justice conference, and commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s recent very promising moves to think more sensibly about sentencing. The consultation has now closed but if you are in the UK, please do consider writing to your MP and saying that you support the approach it is taking, because the proposals will eventually come to Parliament, where they will face a mauling from the right wings of the Labour and Conservative parties. The measures proposed in the Green Paper have enormous potential both to reduce reoffending rates, reduce the cost and size of the prison Read full post >>