This stream aims to stimulate debate about all aspects of Penology. Topics discussed at recent conferences illustrate the breadth of the stream: the genesis of popular (mis)perceptions about sentencing; analysing the impact of Sentencing Council guidelines; assessing the relevance of equality in determining proportionate penalties; and locating the roots of the current prison crisis. Papers about sentencing and punishment in jurisdictions other than England and Wales are always very welcome.


Our overarching aim as convenors is to provide an opportunity for participants to receive meaningful feedback in a friendly and supportive environment. Many papers which were first delivered in this stream have subsequently been published in leading peer-reviewed journals in Law and Criminology. The discussions have also given rise to research collaboration.


We very much hope that you will participate in what has always been a varied, thought-provoking and enjoyable stream.



Gavin Dingwall ( and Tim Hillier (