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Dr Paolo Campana's new article on migrant smuggling now published

last modified Feb 09, 2017 02:20 PM

Dr Paolo Campana's paper on migrant smuggling is now published in Policing.

The public discourse on human smuggling into the European Union often evokes the presence of a few all powerful ‘Mr Bigs’ who are able to ‘mastermind’ illegal operations. This article takes a closer look at the recent trends in relation to two key smuggling routes—the Eastern and the Central Mediterranean—with the aim to identify the analytical and empirical features of the markets for smuggling services. It shows that these markets have the ability to expand considerably and often over a short period of time. It then argues that this is consistent with the presence of many competitive enterprises, low barriers to entry, low skills and (relatively) low capital requirements. This is a far cry from how the public discourse is often framed. The costs to the smugglers of monitoring agents and clients are also likely to be modest—particularly in comparison with human trafficking. The article concludes by discussing some policy implications, including the adoption of land-based policies (regarded as more effective than naval operations) and a suggestion for a change in the terminology adopted in policy and intelligence reports.

Community Chaplaincy Research Features in Clinks blog

last modified Feb 08, 2017 06:17 PM

Clinks - the organisation that supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with people in contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales - has published a blog featuring the research being undertaken by .

Read the blog here!

Community Sanctions in the Philosophy of Punishment - Prof Rob Canton - Thursday 9th November

last modified Oct 03, 2017 11:24 AM

This seminar will be given by Professor Rob Canton, Professor in Community and Criminal Justice, De Montfort University.

It starts at 5.30pm, and will be held in Seminar Room B3, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA. A drinks reception in the basement foyer will follow this seminar for attendees.  The IoC Public Seminar Series is open to all interested in attending, with no ticket required.

‘Hard treatment’ is part of most definitions of punishment and philosophers have accordingly tended to focus on those court sanctions that can most plainly be understood in this way – most obviously, imprisonment. The pains of imprisonment (though not, perhaps, all of them) are precisely intended as punishment. But there are other common ‘punishments’ that are incompletely understood if regarded simply as the intentional imposition of hardship. Conditional and suspended sentences are examples, where the intention seems to be less the imposition of hard treatment than the threat of it should there be further offending. Community sanctions - probation, community service and electronic monitoring - may involve burdensome impositions, but they have other objectives besides or even instead of hard treatment. Reflection on these sanctions puts to test some of the more familiar debates in the philosophy of punishment. It will be suggested that it may be better to broaden the purview of the philosophy of punishment and extend it to a philosophy of righting wrongs that considers not only the ethics of imposing punishment but also of working towards reintegration and reconciliation. This undertaking would affirm the central place of community sanctions in determining a moral appropriate response to wrongdoing.


Forthcoming CCGSJ events

last modified Oct 03, 2017 11:02 AM

The CCGSJ holds monthly lunchtime meetings - from 12.30pm to 2pm.

Tues 17 Oct: this will be a start of the year meeting - catching up with current research in progress in the Centre

Tues 14 Nov: CCGSJ reading group

Tues 12 Dec: theme to be decided

Please contact for more information.

Growing Recognition for Learning Together

last modified Nov 15, 2016 04:06 PM

The Learning Together project, led by Dr Amy Ludlow and Dr Ruth Armstrong, is gaining recognition in a number of ways.

Amy and Ruth have received awards for the work at the staff recognition ceremony at HMP Grendon and HMP Spring Hill.  They are nominated for a Butler Trust award.

The work, and its impact on other universities and other prisons, is the focus of a recent article in The Guardian.

Learning Together November Newsletter

last modified Nov 06, 2017 03:43 PM

The Learning Together Team have published their November newsletter.

Open Clasp Theatre Perform in Cambridge

last modified Nov 11, 2016 10:52 AM
Open Clasp Theatre Perform in Cambridge

Key Change at the Mumford

Open Clasp Theatre Company brought an intense and thought-provoking performance to the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge. Originally devised by women in HMP Low Newton and based on their stories, the play describes the lives of four women: Kelly, Lucy, Kim and Angie. With insightful scripting and stagecraft, it poignantly captures the violence, abuse, and insecurities of their earlier lives, the temporary relief and then burden of drug use, and the indignities, anxieties, violence, humour and affection of their everyday prison lives.  A powerful 60 minutes. Well worth seeing if you get the chance.

For more information, go to