Professor Rod Morgan – Panel Member
He is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Bristol where he was variously a Reader, Professor and Dean of Law between 1989 and 2001.
He then became Chief Inspector of the Probation Service for England and Wales (2001-4) and Chairman of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (2004-7) before resigning over the growing numbers of children being criminalised and in custody, both trends which have dramatically reversed since. Though he returned to part-time academic life he was then appointed an advisor to the five criminal justice inspectorates (2008-11), a topic about which he is currently writing a book.
He has held almost every post in the criminal justice system it is possible to hold part-time both nationally (magistrate, Independent Prison Monitoring Board Member, Police Authority Member, Judicial Inquiry Panel member, inspector) and internationally (as advisor to the ICRC, Amnesty International, Council of Europe) and he is a prolific author with books and articles covering issues ranging from policing, youth justice, aspects of sentencing, custodial conditions and human rights. He serves often as an expert witness in extradition cases. From 1994-2012 he was also co-editor of and contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Criminology (5th Edition, OUP, 2012), the most used British text in the field.
When he’s not working he’s sailing, walking, gardening or organising live music.