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2020 Lent Term

Public Seminar: Dr Jake Philips, 'Responsive regulation of probation: how does it work and what does it achieve?'

Dr Jake Phillips is Reader in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests lie at the intersection of policy and practice primarily in the field of probation and community sanction. He is currently conducting research into the emotional labour of probation practice, deaths under probation supervision and the impact of inspection in criminal justice.

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Public Seminar: Professor Yvonne Jewkes, 'Imaginary Rehabilitation in the Imaginary Prison'

This seminar will develop Carlen’s notion of ‘Imaginary Penalities’ to explore the ways in which penal architecture and design have become regarded as symbolic indicators of rehabilitative intentions and outcomes. It will problematise the cultural export of Nordic penal exceptionalism and its half-hearted importation into UK prisons and will argue that ‘rehabilitative culture’ is a myth that ignores material reality, perpetuates the ‘imaginary prison’, and masks the fact that not all penal objectives, however well-meaning, are realisable.

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Public Seminar: Professor David O'Mahony, 'Reimagining Restorative Justice'

David O'Mahony is Deputy Dean, Faculty of Humanities PGRE and Professor of Law at the University of Essex. His research focuses on the meaning of justice in the context of criminal justice systems, with particular sensitivity to the rights of individuals, the use of restorative justice and alternative ways of responding to crime. His research is based on analyses of the needs of victims, communities and offenders and he has applied a range of empirical methods to explore concepts of justice and rights in criminal justice. Together with Jonathan Doak (Nottingham Law School), he has developed a distinctive critical theory of restorative justice and its application in criminal justice systems.

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Public Seminar: Professor Nicola Padfield & Dr Thomas Guiney, 'Parole Changes and Challenges'

Recent events, such as the John Worboys case, have undermined confidence in the parole system and reopened longstanding debates over the confused normative basis of prisoner release policy and practice. Under Boris Johnson’s premiership, the Ministry of Justice have announced a review of the parole system and a series of measures intended to restrict the availability of parole for those serving custodial sentences for violent or sexual offences. In this seminar, Nicky Padfield and Thomas Guiney will discuss the changing face of prison release (and recall) in England and Wales and pose a series of fundamental questions about the implications of the process for the fairness, legitimacy and effectiveness of the penal system. At a time when prison release has become increasingly politicised, they also ask what meaningful role academic research has to play in shaping a fast-moving reform agenda.

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