Punishment and Prisons in the 21st Century

Where: Online using Zoom

When: 10 February 2021, 18:00-19:15hrs

The Benedict XVI Centre at St. Mary’s University, together with CSAN and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, are hosting an evening discussion on Punishment and Prisons in the 21st Century, with Bishop Richard Moth and Rev Jonathan Aitken, chaired by Professor Philip Booth. Bishop Moth is the Lead Bishop on Prisons for the Bishops’ Conference. Mr Aitken is a former cabinet minister who spent time in prison and then was ordained in the Church of England.

Questions under discussion at the event will include:

  • What is life like in prisons today, especially in the context of COVID?
  • How can we ensure that there is hope for those who spend time in prison?
  • What steps should we take to reduce prison numbers?
  • What forms of punishment could be used which will both protect the public and hold out greater hope of reform of those convicted of crime?
  • How do prison chaplains and visitors bring Christian hope into prisons?
  • What can we do as individuals to help bring hope to people in prison?

This event is free to attend. For more information and to register, please visit


or you can register directly via: https://stmarys.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-d2qmrsgSAuFch657JENdg


Picture: Strangeways Prison. Credit – Stemonitis (Wikimedia).