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The Campaigners

  • Gemma Birkett
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Abstract

This book has highlighted that the process of policy reform is often influenced by a ‘trigger event’ (Dearing and Rogers, 1996: 78), focusing both public and political attention on a particular issue for a short period of time. In terms of women’s penal policy, the series of deaths in custody between 2003 and 2004 were to provide campaigners with this watershed moment and the Ministry of Justice with its ‘policy window’. While media attention surrounding the suicides could be considered extremely small in the overall context of pressing social problems, it enabled the issue to pervade public consciousness to a greater level than had previously been the case. It is clear that there existed a vibrant environment for policy development during this period with political decision-makers collaborating with the wider penal reform network.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gemma Birkett
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyCity, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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