What if we Rethought Parole?

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy and the Mannheim Centre for Criminology

Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building


Professor Nick Hardwick

Dr Laura James

Nicola Padfield


Dr Meredith Rossner

This lecture will discuss the present presumption that a parolee has to demonstrate they are not at risk of repeated offending and suggest that it should be the State to demonstrates the prisoner remains a risk.

This event aims to look at the workings of the parole system in England and Wales. More people are serving indeterminate prison sentences in England and Wales than in the other 46 countries in the Council of Europe combined. Academics and criminal justice professionals will challenge the current system for deciding if someone can safely be released from prison and suggest an alternative way of approaching risk and release from prison for those serving the longest sentences

Nick Hardwick is the current Chair of the Parole Board and Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. Formerly Chief Inspector of Prisons and Chair of the IPCC.

Laura James is the legal advisor for Howard League of Penal Reform, has a professional doctorate in youth justice and is particularly interested in representing young people in penal detention.

Nicola Padfield is the Master at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and is interested in what goes on in prison with a main research interest in sentencing law, especially into the law and practice of release from (and recall to) prison. 

Meredith Rossner (@meredithrossner) is a member of the Law Department with research interests in restorative justice and courtroom architecture.

The Department of Social Policy (@LSESocialPolicy) is the longest established in the UK. The Department prides itself in being able to offer teaching based on the highest quality empirical research in the field.

The Mannheim Centre for Criminology (@mannheimcrim) is a multidisciplinary centre incorporating staff from across LSE.

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This event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required. Register here: What if we rethought parole? For any queries contact Maria Schlegel at or 020 7955 7044.


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