HMP Birmingham – the challenge of privatisation within a struggling prison system

By Dr Anna Kotova, Lecturer in Criminology Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology The recent revelation of the issues in HMP Birmingham, which was run by G4S, and the consequent takeover of the prison by the government raise a range of questions about both privatisation of prisons, and deeper endemic problems faced by our … Continue reading “HMP Birmingham – the challenge of privatisation within a struggling prison system”

Citizens UK pledge, a catalyst for social change and community benefit

By  Dr Catherine Durose, Institute of Local Government Studies Reader in Policy Sciences at the University of Birmingham “The use of pledges in community organising provide a different way of doing politics, a set of political tactics to build community power…” Citizens UK bring together locally-rooted member institutions, in the fields of education, community, trade union … Continue reading “Citizens UK pledge, a catalyst for social change and community benefit”