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Myths and Realities podcasts: Crime and punishment in the 21st century

The third in our series of Myths and Realities debates was held on Monday 8 February 2010. Listen to our speakers and download presentations about attitudes, policies and the media portrayal of crime and punishment. The event was chaired by Professor Jon Silverman, Research Professor of Media and Criminal Justice, University of Bedfordshire and former BBC Home Affairs correspondent.

Professor Mike Hough

Listen: Explaining distrust in justice (MP3, 15 min, 10MB)

Mike Hough is the Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy, Kings College London. In this presentation, he examines the differences between what we know about trends in the incidences of crime, and public perceptions of safety and media portrayal of crime.

Professor Ian Loader

Listen: Criminology in a hot climate (MP3, 24 min, 16MB)

This presentation describes how responses to crime have become a prominent feature of politics and public debate in the UK over the past thirty years. It examines the effect of this politicisation on the volume of policies towards crime, the demand for evidence, and the challenges for criminologists to influence policy. Ian Loader is Director of the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University. 

Lindsey Poole

Listen: The practitioner's view (MP3, 20 min, 13MB)

Lindsey describes the experiences of practitioners (police, probation officers, teachers and social workers) involved in crime prevention and working with people at risk of crime. Challenges include a multiplication of policies and programmes, with resources spread across them, and the potential for duplication of activity across the same groups and individuals. Practitioners at a local level can also face difficulties in applying the findings of research conducted nationally. Lindsey Poole is the Chief Executive Officer of the Thames Valley Partnership.

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Myths and Realities public debates are jointly sponsored by the British Library, Economic and Social Research Council and the Academy of Social Sciences.

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