LJMU represented at the House of Lords
27 June 2012
Lawrence (Lol) Burke, senior Criminal Justice lecturer at LJMU’s School of Law was invited to represent the University at the House of Lords for a reception to mark the centenary of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO).
The event was hosted by Baroness Linklater, a Liberal Democrat peer who has interests in penal reform.
Lol was joined by delegates from every branch of NAPO in England and Wales, as well as high-profile politicians, criminal justice professionals and campaigners, including the Minister for Prisons and Probation, Rt Hon Crispin Blunt MP. The delegates listened to key note speeches by Jonathan Ledger, General Secretary of NAPO, and Baroness Linklater.
Lol is Editor of The Probation Journal and has recently co-authored with Professor George Mair, a history of the Probation Service in England and Wales; Redemption, Rehabilitation and Risk Management (Sage, 2011).
Commenting on the event, Lol said; "It was a very memorable day, very sunny and the views across the Thames were breathtaking. Whilst the speeches celebrated the contribution of NAPO to penal reform over the past hundred years, there was also a note of caution for the future of the probation service given the government's recent consultation which is proposing that approximately 60% of probation work should be outsourced to the private and voluntary sectors."