Is our prison system broken?


The November episode of the LSE IQ podcast is now out,  asking Is our prison system broken? 

It is with alarming regularity that reports of prison violence, overcrowding and concerns over the impact of funding cuts are hitting the headlines, and with 46% of all prisoners reoffending within a year of release last year, the system could be considered not just expensive and unpleasant, but failing. But is this a fair assessment?  

Helping to answer the question are: Dr Simon Bastow, LSE Fellow, Department of Management; Professor Nicola Lacey, School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at LSE; and Dr Sharon Shalev, a fellow of the Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Science at LSE and founder of 

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