The shadow of penal supervision

Upcoming event in Edinburgh…

Just a quick post to draw your attention to an upcoming event that will use a variety of methods to explore some of the key themes that this project seeks to address. Here’s the blurb:

Mass Supervision, Misrecognition and the ‘Malopticon’

Howard League Scotland
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – 18:00
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL

There has been a dramatic proliferation of forms of supervisory punishment in recent decades. In the mid-1970s fewer than 3,000 probation orders were imposed in Scotland, but by 2013-14 more than 20,000 cased were disposed of by way of Community Payback Orders.

Professor Fergus McNeill of Glasgow University will speak about the hazards of mass supervision, but will also explore how supervision is experienced by those subject to it.  He will consider how we might best pursue not just reductions in the use of custody, but also penal moderation more generally.

The lecture will include performance of a number of songs by Louis Abbott of Vox Liminis, an organisation which seeks to create spaces where people can communicate and connect in new ways through the arts. Directly or indirectly, these songs explore being supervised or being a supervisor and were co-written with people on the basis of their lived experience.