What if …? A series of challenging pamphlets

The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Mannheim Centre at the London School of Economics are working in partnership to establish a new pamphlet series that challenges conventional thinking on penal issues.  We would like to invite you to the first seminar in the series which focuses on policing on Thursday 27th October 2011 at 6.00pm at the London School of Economics.   Professor Robert Reiner has agreed to be the author of the first pamphlet which has a working title of:  In praise of fire brigade policing:  challenging the police role.

The premise of the pamphlets is to challenge conventional thinking about various aspects of the penal system.  We want to work with established and well thought of thinkers, academics and practitioners to develop innovative, and perhaps controversial, ideas that can work as a stimulus to new policy initiatives and ultimately achieve change.

We are keen to test, challenge and improve the ideas to be promulgated in the pamphlet.  To achieve this, the author, in this case Robert Reiner will subject his ideas to ‘peer review’ at this invitee seminar, with the ideas initially subject to scrutiny from one or two discussants.  We are pleased to announce that the discussants will be Sir Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary and the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.  The event will be chaired by Professor Tim Newburn from the LSE.

Information about this event is available at http://www.howardleague.org/what-if/ and in the days before the event a short exposition of Professor Reiner’s ideas will be available.  Places are limited.  If you would like to attend this event you can book a place here: http://www.howardleague.org/what-if-event-bkg/?no_cache=1

Yours sincerely

Professor Jennifer Brown                          Anita Dockley

Mannheim Centre, LSE                              Research Director, Howard League




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