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Speaker Biography

Jason Warr

Although now both a PhD student at the University of Cambridge and a Programme Manager and Research Co-ordinator at the charity User Voice, Jason had a somewhat unusual pathway into academia.

In April 2004, he was released from prison after having completed the twelve-year tariff aspect of his HMP sentence. The parole board released him on tariff recognising that he had made specific exceptional progress in educating himself whilst in custody. Specialising in the philosophical justifications for punishment he gained a 2:1 degree in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from the London School of Economics in 2007. Since then he has gained an MPhil in Criminological Research at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and is in the final stages of his PhD, where his thesis is concerned with those psychologists employed within British Prisons.

Between 2005 – 2008 Jason was a guest Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and is currently a guest lecturer for both Leicester and DeMontford University. In November of 2008 he was asked to participate as a panellist alongside Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Sir Ian Blair and Phil Wheatley at the Longford Memorial Debate.


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