London Stoics: Crime and Punishment

A discussion with Jay Adams and Andy Small about Stoicism, crime and punishment

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What are we to do about a criminal justice system in crisis, with increasing prisoner numbers, costs and violence within our prisons, whilst reoffending rates remain high? Whether we believe in caring for prisoners as our fellow humans, or we only want to protect victims of crime, we can all agree we need to consider new ideas for bringing about change.

We are very lucky to be joined by mentor Jay Adams, who will be discussing his work and insight into this topic with Andy Small.

Andy Small has worked for HM Prison Service since 1992 and started as a Prison Officer at HMP Pentonville in North London. He transferred to HMP Huntercombe in 2002 and was promoted to Physical Education Senior Officer (Sergeant equivalent) in 2003.

Andy became interested in Stoic Philosophy to help his best friend who suffered with depression. He could quickly see the value in the Philosophy as it improved the quality of his life. He then decided to teach Stoicism to prisoners at Huntercombe.

Andy is going to discuss what he has learned about Stoicism, Crime and Punishment during his time using Stoicism as a tool to help offenders to address their behaviour. Really looking forward to him joining us.

Please be ready to ask questions of Jay and Andy, we will leave plenty of time for Q&A!