Lord Michael Farmer, former treasurer for the Conservative Party, on Penal Populism and Liberal Optimism
Tuesday 14th November| 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Kings Buildings, Smith Square
Beyond Penal Populism and Liberal Optimism: A social justice approach to prisons
The King’s Speech introduced vital reforms in the criminal justice system, mainly focusing on addressing crime and supporting harsher sentencing. However, we’re still waiting to see how community sentencing fits into these reforms.
Lord Michael Farmer, former treasurer of the Conservative Party and a key figure in shaping UK prison policy since 2016, will give a keynote speech at the Centre for Social Justice. He aims to provide a different approach to prisons to counter ‘penal populism’ which has dominated recent policy, offering new ideas on effective and balanced approaches to criminal justice.
He will also take part in a Q&A with in-person attendees.
Member of the House Lords
Deputy Policy Director, Centre for Social Justice