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Profile: David Scott

David Scott

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Dr David Scott has worked at the Open University since August 2016.

He studied social sciences and criminology at Lancaster University between 1991-1996 where he gained an MA (with distinction) and was awarded a doctorate in 2006 under the supervision of Barbara Hudson by the University of Central Lancashire. He has taught criminology to undergraduate and postgraduate students at a number of institutions since 1994 including Edge Hill University, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University.

David is a former member of the steering committee of the Reclaim Justice Network. He was a founding member of the abolitionist penal pressure group No More Prison and for a number of years was an ambassador for Make Justice Work. He has been a campaigner against penal injustice for more than twenty years and has published eleven books.  He is a director of the independent publisher EG Press.

David has undertaken interviews for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and a number of local radio stations such as BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Essex.  He has also featured on national television, including contributions to  BBC1 The Big Questions, BBC Wales Today and ITV News as well as contributing to the documentaries "Punishment: A Failed Social Experiment" (2012) and "Injustice" (2017).

David has submitted evidence to a number of Parliamentary Committees and Official Inquiries. His research has been cited in the House of Parliament (see Hansard, 25th Janaury 2017) and also in HoC Briefing Papers on Prisons and Punishment (November 2016) and in November 2017 he spoke at the House of Commons on human rights and prison abolition.