Coronavirus and the Spread of Crime Control

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In this post I analyse some of the contradictions present in the current penal response to Covid-19 in England and Wales, represented in a recent Crown Prosecution Service press release. Coercive criminal law measures which clearly and proportionately penalize those who endanger emergency workers, or engage in fraudulent conduct, may be justified. But civil liberties must be considered on both sides. I challenge the punitive narrative which celebrates sending those convicted of coronavirus crimes to prisons where Covid-19 has the potential to be rampant. The rights to life and health of offenders—put at risk in overcrowded prisons—must also be considered.
Original languageEnglish
TypeUK Constitutional Law Association blog post
Media of outputBlog post
Place of PublicationUK Constitutional Law Association webpage
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2020

Structured keywords

  • LAW Centre for Law at Work
  • Covid19


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