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Crime and Consequence:

What should happen to people

who commit criminal offences?


Crime and Consequence: What should happen to people who commit criminal offences? is a collection of essays and creative reflectons. Contributors offer their lived and professional experience of the criminal justice system to offer answers which get to the heart of the matter. They explore how best to ensure that societal responses to crime tackle the causes and consequences. They make a strong case for investment in alternatives to prison and in a range of interventions and apporaches which may better solve some of the underlying issues. The book includes contributions for public and voluntary services from the UK, Spain and the USA.

The collection is the third in a series of books curated by The Monument Fellowship, with organisations funded by the Monument Trust to work together to make a sustained, cumulative and transformative change to the journey of individuals through our justice system.

"This brilliant book poses a simple question that haunts our society: what to do with people who commit crime? The answers it suggests are engaging, smart, varied, come from several different directions and most definitely worth reading." Ian Birrell, former speechwriter to David Cameron and contributing editor Mail on Sunday.

"This thoughtful book of powerful and impactful essays on crime and its consequences is highly relevant, current and timely. An informed bdeate about our response to crime is desperately needed and this accessible and fenuinely stimulating work provides much food for thought. The series and the book beautifully complement each other and should be required reading for policy makers and politicians." Michael Spurr, Professor in Practice, London School of Economics; former Chief Executive, HM Prisons and Probation Service 

"A rich mix of perspectives about crime and criminalisation, this books raises crucial questons about the intended and unintended consequences of prisons. It deserves to be widely read." Cathy Renzenbrink - author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache.

"I can't think of a better book on a more important subject." Freddy Gray, Deputy Editor, The Spectator

Listen to the podcasts based on the essays in the collection here

Curing violence: How we can become a less violent society is a collection of essays, the second in the series from the Monument Fellowship published in 2018, that seek to not only describe the problem of violence in our society but also to offer solutions. Our contributors make the case that reducing violence is a responsibility for everyone in society: for those in power, in both government and in the formal criminal justice system; but also for all of us in our schools and hospitals, in the arts and in our civic society, on our streets, and in our homes.



The first book in the Monument Ferllowship series published in 2017 was Life Beyond: What do those at risk of offending, prisoners and ex-offenders need to learn? edited by Paul Crane of Lemos&Crane.

“An extremely informative and deeply insightful piece of work with the potential to have a widespread positive impact across the whole of the prison system….By any measure it is a remarkable achievement.”Erwin James, Inside Time and The Guardian 

Available from the Koestler Trust online bookshop

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Lemos&Crane projects about prisons and criminal justice

Films Inside: Film clubs in prison libraries

Tuning Up:Britten Sinfonia making orchestral music with the men and staff of HMP Whitemoor

Curing Violence:How we can become a less violent society

Life Beyond Crime:What do those at risk of offending, prisoners and ex-offenders need to learn

The Good Prison: Conscience, crime and punishment

Working together to improve criminal justice: The Monument Trust Fellowship

Belief and Belonging: Catholic prisoners' experience of Catholic chaplaincy 

Clinks supporting good engagement between the voluntary sector and prisons

PrisonerActionNet: Helping prisoners to manage themselves, get their lives sorted and move on from crime

Online learning: Person-focused working in the Good Prison





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