Richard Peake

Richard Peake

After serving 23 years in the RAF, I gained a 1st class degree in Criminology, before completing a PhD and have been a lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Leeds University since 2006.

Location Leeds, UK


  • Everyone is different. David found education, someone else might discover bricklaying as a key to figuring out how to desist! For some it may be something other than education and training - but it is a good and positive start.

  • Great idea, investment is not popular however. Even with young offenders we do not really take this line - it would be positive.

  • Crime rate does not rise - sentencing increases - prison officer numbers reduce. It is the oddest of equations!

  • Great report, quite exciting when it came out - little progress.

  • My colleague Emma is brilliant! Incredibly well Informed - you should read her books on inequality.

  • The Blakey report is well known, but it might surprise you that more than a decade later, the problem of stopping drugs getting into prison is probably worse!

  • I honestly think you need to highlight that they work with the majority and reduce crime. The reporting only ever seems to,be when someone on a CO commits a further offence.

  • We do like prison ,I think you ar getting that idea!

  • You can appeal a sentence as a prosecutor - but not automatically given the right.

  • There are two reasons in the UK that use this with young offenders - same good results. We just seem to like prison!

  • Please do. Sadly Stan dies a couple of years ago but he was a sociologist and also a magistrate. If you have lesser punishments, then he felt that judges/magistrates would use them, thinking they are not so bad - but it still gives you a criminal record. Net-widening!

  • Your idea is now as ‘utilitarianism’ - that there should be a greater good.

  • The public actually have no say at all, but lawmakers are very much anxious about votes. Great comment and you pretty much nailed it!

  • If you were looking to buy a product and somebody said - that one is ten times cheaper and is actually more effective - what would you choose? It would need to be in quite a simplified form, they are quite complex data.

  • It is proven to produce lower re-offending rates in England and Wales and also Scotland.

  • Much of our Prison vocabulary could do with updating, I also prefer ‘desistance’ and am also warming to the word ‘re-entry’ instead of resettlement.

  • Not that different here in many ways!

  • A large % of prisoners missed all or part of education - as David explained. So, as good as it is, if you are not there.....

  • He will be impressed! Thank you for your comment!

  • incapacitation, unless for 'life' is always only temporary?

  • Hi John. The point is that prison IS the default section in many respects, it may be appropriate for some offences, but not for the majority of offences, which are non-violent and less serious. I hope you enjoyed the course. RP

  • Learn at your own pace, ask questions. Welcome!

  • And yet if you look at Scandinavia (as you will at the end of week 1) the prisons are much less focussed on punishment, but rehabilitation, with much better physical conditions, humane and supportive treatment. Re-offending rates are much, much lower than England and Wales. Toughest prison regimes have the highest rates of reoffending.
    Punishment is...

  • That offending is much more than how we punish, but it is an important part of stopping people reoffending - and it does not always have to be prison. Prison is something that we have got used to as the only ‘real’ punishment, but hopefully this will challenge this line of thinking.

  • Not at this time, certainly not from this University. There may be from other institutions or something might appear in the future. But these are core things we teach on our three year degree programme - on here I have two weeks!

  • You are absolutely right. People may turn to crime for a number of reasons and other modules at my university explore these reasons. I teach a module on inequality and how that is linked to offending behaviour. The more we know about those causes, maybe the more that can inform us on helping offenders desist?
    Enjoy the course.

  • This course will definitely challenge your thinking. You mirror my thoughts when I started Uni as a mature student!

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