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Societies are often built in a compartment-like fashion and prison bars mark a boundary between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Human minds and behaviour are more complex, though. This evening we will explore innovative ways to deal with crime, from the point of view of prisoners and police. What happens when crime meets psychology and the scientific method?
Should prison be used to punish or rehabilitate?
Dr Geraldine Akerman (Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist, Scientist, and EuroPsych)
Prisons are seen as places where society can punish those who have broken the law. Once prisoners are locked away, should they be punished or should efforts be made to rehabilitate them? Geraldine will describe how prison therapeutic communities aim to create an environment in which all aspects of functioning can be revisited and alternative behaviour is developed.
Policing and the use of behavioural science: small changes, big difference
Chief Superintendent Alex Murray (Chief Superintendent with West Midlands police)
The police often receive public attention, regardless of whether crime increases or decreases. How can we understand what really works in policing? Alex will reveal how policing can become evidence-based using behavioural science, and why this approach can make the difference.