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Institute of Criminology


Forensic Psychology and…Punishment

Tuesday 22 June, 6.30pm

Speaker: Ben Crewe, University of Cambridge

Discussant: Graham Towl, University of Durham

How is psychologists’ relationship to punishment best conceptualised? To what extent do psychologists enhance or limit punishment's severity? Are psychologists state agents of punishment, or independent of the system? Where do psychologists' philosophies of practice fit within philosophies of punishment? In this talk Ben Crewe, Professor of Penology and Criminal Justice, discusses the nature of psychological power, how it is experienced by prisoners, and the relationship of psychological practices to wider practices of punishment. Graham Towl, Professor of Forensic Psychology and former Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice, offers a response.

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Tuesday, 22 June, 2021 - 18:30