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Lecture: 'Pervasive Punishment: Making sense of 'mass supervision’

Friday 15 June 2018
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
B 031

Fergus McNeill will visit the Leiden department of Criminal Law & Criminology to talk about his upcoming book ‘Pervasive Punishment.’ In this talk, Fergus McNeill discusses his forthcoming book of the same title. Pervasive Punishment aims to challenge the centrality of the prison in the sociology of punishment,  making sense of the emergence of ‘mass supervision’ in the era of ‘mass incarceration’ by mapping its contours and impacts, as well as exploring how it might be challenged and moderated.  Both the book and the talk feature creative representations of supervisees’ experiences — in the forms of photographs, songs and a short story that fictionalises supervision.

There’s a blog charting the book's ‘progress’ too: www.pervasivepunishment.com

Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow where he works in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and is Head of Sociology. Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a number of years in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. His many research projects and publications have examined institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation – and questions about their reform. Most recently, his work has focused on the policy and practice implications of research evidence about the process of desistance from offending. He recently led an ESRC funded project, ‘Discovering Desistance’, which aims to develop the dialogue between academics, practitioners and ex-offenders about how criminal justice can better support people to leave crime behind. Currently, he is Chair of an EU funded research network on ‘Offender Supervision in Europe’ which involved about 100 researchers from across 21 jurisdictions.

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