Centre DPhil student Harry Annison presented a paper at the University of Southampton’s newly-instigated Institute of Criminal Justice Research Seminar Series on 31st October 2012. Entitled ‘Imprisonment for Public Protection: A Case Study of Risk, Populism and Penal Politics’, the paper explored the creation of the Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence. It argued that reference to the role of politics as ideology, as tradition, and as contestation facilitates the drawing out of a clearer understanding of the reasons for, and development of, this prominent indeterminate sentence. The paper was followed by a stimulating discussion among the diverse audience present at the seminar.