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Life histories of persistent punishment: the role of the police and courts

Thursday, 3 November, 2016 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building B
02/629 3913
Law & Criminology Talk

Dr. Marguerite SCHINKEL
University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Organised by the research group Crime & Society (CRIS), introduced by Prof. Dr. Kristel Beyens

‘Persistent offenders’, with their high re-offending rates, are a group of concern in most jurisdictions. Based on life history interviews with 37 men and women who have experienced persistent short-term imprisonment, this seminar examines the role the criminal justice system plays in maintaining this offending. It looks at the way police practice hinders a move away from crime and sentencing practice hampers a recognition of change. This means that, when these people do move away from crime, this is usually despite the impact of the justice system, rather than because of it.

Dr. Marguerite Schinkel is an ESRC Future Leader Research Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science of the University of Glasgow. Her main research interests are the experiences of those who are punished by the criminal justice system, the implications of these experiences for the philosophy and practice of punishment, how narratives are constructed and their impact on the way experiences are interpreted.

Free entrance, no registration  required.