Beyond Punishment: Facing the challenge of ageing prisoners

29 October 2012

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The Institute of Criminology is pleased to announce the second seminar in the 2012-2013 Beyond Punishment seminar series will focus on issues with ageing prisoners and will be delivered by Azrini Wahidin, Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen's University Belfast.

About the seminar
For the first time in history, nations around the globe are faced with the dilemma of managing prisons with ageing populations. For legitimate reasons, prison officials responsible for making decisions about older prisoners are raising concerns about how best to respond to this major challenge. Although a number of countries have commissioned studies to investigate and make policy recommendations, the body of knowledge on elderly prisoners and the issues posed to prisons systems in meeting their special needs is not extensive. From an international perspective, prisons have been slow to respond to the physical and mental needs of older prisoners. As a consequence, a comparative analysis between countries can be an important first step in identifying best practice models and emerging policies. This seminar will identify some of the issues raised from the USA and UK's experience of managing the needs of prisoners in later life. It will also examine and address some of the issues and challenges facing policy makers and correctional / prison facilities in managing the health, social and care needs of an ageing prison population, and will conclude by considering a series of policy recommendations addressing the needs of the ageing prison population.

About the speaker
Azrini Wahidin is a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen's University Belfast. She researches on the issues of imprisonment, engendering of punishment and the experiences of elders in prison in the UK and USA. Her previous work focused on older women in prison, managing the needs of elders in prison, abolitionism and women in the criminal justice system. Her latest research focuses on women who were volunteers in the Irish Republican Army. Author of a range of academic articles in international journals, single authored books and edited collections, Azrini is currently a visiting international scholar at the University of Melbourne in the School of Social and Political Sciences. A selection of her publications include: Older Women in the Criminal Justice System: Running out of Time (2004); Criminology (with Chris Hale, Keith Hayward and Emma Wincup, 2005); Ageing, Crime and Society (with Maureen Cain, 2006), Understanding Prison Staff (with Jamie Bennett and Ben Crewe, 2007) and Criminal Justice (with Anthea Hucklesby, 2009). She is a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

This event is sponsored by Corrective Services NSW and is part of the Beyond Punishment seminar series. The event is hosted by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School.

Time: 6-8pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, registration essential

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