PAS Debate 2013: Tuesday 21st May at UCL

1.6 million behind bars: Are there any lesson to learn from the US prison system?

Clive Stafford Smith, John Podmore, and David Jessel

will take part in third annual Prisoners’ Advice Service/ debate.

When: Tuesday May 21st at 630pm

Where: Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL, London

David Jessel (Rough Justice, Trial & Error) will chair a debate including:

  • Clive Stafford Smith – founder of Reprieve;
  • Hamja Ahsan – brother of Talha Ahsan, detained without trial in the UK for six years before being extradited to US last October (
  • Dr Sharon Shalev – research fellow Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, author of Supermax: controlling risk through solitary confinement, and
  • John Podmore – ex-prison governor and inspector, and currently a writer, broadcaster & consultant
  • Judge John Samuels QC – former Circuit Judge, current Judicial member of the Parole Board and Chair of the Criminal Justice Alliance
  • Ian Birrell – former deputy editor of the Independent and a speechwriter for David Cameron