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Historical witnessing for the present: Truth, remembrance, and mass deaths in east Lancashire

In the final of four short articles, David Scott focuses on ethics and the interpretation of history, working towards the uncovering of evidence of social murder and why naming is such an important part of remembrance.

30th June 2022

Walking as Activism: The inaugural ‘Weavers Uprising Remembrance Walk’

In the third of four short articles, David Scott reflects upon the inaugural remembrance walk and its dual goals of raising awareness and challenging the dominant narrative of the 1826 weavers uprising.

22nd June 2022
Aitkens and Lord Mill and surrounding area of Chatterton in nineteenth century

Chatterton, April 1826: Britain’s Hidden Massacre

Between 24-28th April 2022, Dr David Scott initiated and led the inaugural ‘Weavers Uprising Remembrance Walk’, a 45 mile walk following in the footsteps of starving handloom weavers in east Lancashire 196 years ago. During this uprising handloom weavers and other working class people attempted to send a symbolic message to government about their precarious living conditions through the destruction of more than 1,100 powerlooms in the local mills. In the second of four short articles, David Scott describes the deadly events at Chatterton on the 26th of April 1826, why this tragedy has for so long been either misinterpreted or forgotten and why it is now essential that these state killings are remembered as a massacre.

15th June 2022

‘Alas Poor Weavers’: The context of the April 1826 Weavers Uprising in east Lancashire

Between 24-28th April 2022, Dr David Scott initiated and led the inaugural ‘Weavers Uprising Remembrance Walk’, a 45 mile walk following in the footsteps of starving handloom weavers in east Lancashire 196 years ago. During this uprising handloom weavers and other working class people attempted to send a symbolic message to government about their precarious living conditions through the destruction of more than 1,100 powerlooms in the local mills. In the first of four short articles, David Scott explains the socio-economic and political context to the 1826 weavers uprising in east Lancashire.

7th June 2022

Amazon: When a Crime is Not a Crime

In this blog, Jana Macfarlane-Horn considers the role of medical representations of corporate crime through a critical consideration of the company Amazon. 

14th April 2022

Juries are subject to all kinds of biases when it comes to deciding on a trial

The decision making of jurors can be influenced by a number of factors and bias can enter the jury room from a number of different sources. In this weeks blog, Dr Lee John Curley, Dr James Munro and Dr Itiel Dror discuss potential biases that might influence jurors and they give some recomendations for fighting juror bias. The original article was published in The Conversation and can be found here: https://theconversation.com/juries-are-subject-to-all-kinds-of-biases-when-it-comes-to-deciding-on-a-trial-176721

23rd March 2022

Primodos: Financial redress is long overdue

In this article, Sharon Hartles reflects upon the events that have unfolded since the publications of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, First Do No Harm report and the Department of Health and Social Care, Government response to the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review. She sheds light on the ongoing debacle over the government's pledge in fulfilling their policy recommendations. Sharon Hartles is a member of the Open University’s Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative. 

11th March 2022

“It’s as if you don’t exist, you’re dead financially”: The Lived Reality of the Post-Conviction Confiscation (POCA) Punishment

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 changed the way in which crimes which are thought to have generated financial gain are prosecuted.  As a result, such offences are prosecuted under criminal law as they normally would, with a punishment which is supposed to be proportionate to the gravity of the offence, but this punishment is then followed up with an additional court process which leads to the imposition of a confiscation order based upon the court’s assumed calculation of ‘benefit’, and the subsequent confiscation of any assets within that value. In this article, Craig Fletcher and Becky Clarke begin to expose the lived reality of both the confiscation court process, and how this additional form of punishment is experienced, enabling you to begin to understand the significant gap between confiscation ideology and its lived reality.

11th March 2022

In conversation with Southern Criminology

This blog post, by Dr Eleni Dimou, is an updated piece from the British Society of Criminology December Newsletter.

26th January 2022

Robot Judgements In The Courtroom: What Do You Think?

In this article, Ben Evans considers the role of artificial intelligence in the courtroom. He compares unexpected research findings with newly published literature to discuss how narrow AI, machine learning systems can produce faster and fairer judgements for communities.

3rd November 2021

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