What can the UK prison system learn from the economics of prison gangs?


The SOAS Policy forum is delighted to be hosting two very insightful speakers, Andrew Neilson from the Howard League, and Dr David Skarbek, Kings College London, on a talk about prison reform, the economics of prison gangs, and what policies the UK Government should and should not be doing as they seek to upgrade the UK’s prison infrastructure. The event will be in V328, Vernon Square at 19:00 on Monday 22nd February. Refreshments will be provided.

Andrew Neilson leads the League’s campaigns team. He was previously press and communications manager at the Howard League. The Howard League for Penal Reform is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. Too much money is spent on a penal system which doesn’t work, doesn’t make our communities safer and fails to reduce offending. He was a government press officer for seven years and Andrew has a MSc in voluntary sector management from Cass Business School.

Dr David Skarbek is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy and Undergraduate Exam Board Chair in the Department of Political Economy. His research interest is to understand how people define and enforce property rights in the absence of strong, effective governments. His work has examined incarceration, gangs, and crime in the United States. David received a BS in Economics from San Jose State University and a MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University. He previously taught in the political science department at Duke University.

You can register for the event here.

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