Is it a crime to be poor?

Run time: 19:30 – 20:30

When it comes to the criminal justice system, people living in poverty are the hardest hit. As the cost-of-living increases, punishing people for being in a vulnerable situation is neither fair nor economically beneficial. So, what’s the alternative?

Diverting people from the criminal justice system and into more impactful pathways of rehabilitation and support is one option. Join the conversation with our panelists as they weigh in on the topic, providing valuable insight into what it means for marginalised people across generations to experience the consequences of the criminal justice system, raising the question – ‘Is it a crime to be poor?’.
Panellists
  • Pia Sinha, Director of the Prison Reform Trust
  • Richard Garside, Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • Martine Lignon, former Chair, currently trustee, of the Prisoners' Advice Service 
Chair 
  • Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham
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13 September 2024 - 19:30
Vue Cinema Westfield Stratford