Monitoring, Inspection and Complaints Adjudication in Prison: The Limits of Prison Accountability Frameworks

23 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2016

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Cormac Behan

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Richard Kirkham

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

This article examines the framework for prison accountability in England and Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. Despite variations in both policy and practice between the three jurisdictions, what is striking are the similarities in their shortcomings. These deficiencies, whether based on real or perceived grievances, potentially undermine efforts to call prison governance to account. The article argues that not only should the primary bodies involved in prison accountability be independent and robust, for prisoners to experience these bodies as legitimate, transformational changes in penal culture and internal prison power dynamics must be addressed.

Keywords: prison oversight, accountability frameworks, prison governance, prisoners’ rights

Suggested Citation

Behan, Cormac and Kirkham, Richard, Monitoring, Inspection and Complaints Adjudication in Prison: The Limits of Prison Accountability Frameworks (December 2016). The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, Vol. 55, Issue 4, pp. 432-454, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2882277 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12184

Cormac Behan (Contact Author)

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

Richard Kirkham

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Law ( email )

Crookesmoor Building, Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
United Kingdom

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