Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

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Posted 03 October 2017

New Birmingham Fellow wins prestigious award

Newly appointed Birmingham Fellow in Social Policy, Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, has been awarded the Peter Townsend Prize from the British Academy for her book, 'Hunger Pains: life inside foodbank Britain' which examines the lives of people using a Trussell Trust foodbank in Stockton-on-Tees, North East England.

Posted 20 September 2017

Smoking bans are sparking a rise in violence and disorder in UK prisons

There have been numerous reports of riots and violent clashes in UK prisons this year. It's always difficult to pinpoint the causes of such flash-points, but an outbreak of violence at the privately run HMP Birmingham in September suggests that the prison smoking ban could be partially to blame after prisoners were reportedly heard chanting "we want burn" – which is slang for tobacco.

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