Scarman Lectures

Since 2008, Criminology at Leicester has invited high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety. These lectures are open to staff and students of the University of Leicester, and to the general public.

handcuffs, drugs and a gavel 

The School of Criminology is delighted to announce that this year's Scarman lecture will be entitled "Drugs and the criminal justice system in the UK" and will be taking place on Wednesday 29 September 2021 from 5.00pm-6.30pm. 

With experts from policing and the prison service, we debate the ‘what works’ questions in relation to addressing how the criminal justice system responds to the challenges presented by substance use.

Our speakers address the critical questions of how and if criminal justice systems should respond to substance use, and the efficacy of its interventions. Please join us for a 40 minute panel discussion chaired by Dr Tammy Ayres (followed by questions) with the following experts:

  • Sue McAllister CB Prisons and Probation Ombudsman 
  • Jason Kew, Chief Inspector, Thames Valley Police

We invite our experts to present key ideas and evidence about what works and where the future of dealing with drug use lies in the UK and beyond.

Moderated questions from the audience will also be catered for in the final 40 mins of the session. Please email to submit any questions for the panel by the 20 September 2021.

This event is free and taking place via Teams. Please register via Eventbrite

If you have any queries please email

View a list of previous year's lectures, some of which are available to listen to on SoundCloud.