Is criminal justice reform obsolete? Academic roundtable
In partnership with
The Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative at The Open University.
About the event
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies will be hosting an academic roundtable seminar with Dr Bree Carlton of Monash University, Australia and Dr Erica Meiners of Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA.
There are many examples where campaign demands have been taken up by governments that have led to their subsequent mutation into principles and practices inconsistent with the original campaign demands. In recent decades in UK, the US, Canada and Australia we have seen a revival of therapeutic and rehabilitative practices in penal reform that have been implemented with concurrent net widening and expansion.
In this seminar Bree Carlton and Erica Meiners will raise questions about the paradoxes posed by investing in state allegiances and how we manage reform in reductionist campaigns. This will be followed by short contributions from respondents (listed below) and discussion. Bree's online comment piece, calling for radical strategies for resisting the harms for reform, is available here.
This event will be of particular interest to academics and researchers. A larger public discussion event organised by the Reclaim Justice Network and The Open University will take place in will take place in the evening, details available here.
- Dr Bree Carlton, Monash University, Australia
- Dr Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University, USA
- Dr Deborah Drake, The Open University
- Dr Sarah Lamble, Birkbeck University
- Andrew Neilson, Campaigns Director, The Howard League for Penal Reform
- Professor Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores University
Questions for discussion
- What lessons can we learn from penal reform responses triggered by campaign work?
- What is the relationship between reform and decarceration and criminal justice reductionism?
- What if any can government reform agendas play in reproducing net widening and institutional harm?
- How can we work to reduce the harm and violence that happens in prison without reproducing the conditions that produce new institutional harms?
- How can we balance campaign and advocacy efforts to achieve both immediate and long-term transformative change?
- How have the strategies of the neoliberal state re-shaped the politics of incorporation in relation to abolition campaigns?
- What are the conditions for producing reform in prisons and criminal justice which have transformative potential and effects?
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