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Prisons and the problem of trust

maandag, 27 april, 2015 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculteit: Law and Criminology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene
Building D, Room D0.07
CRiS (Research Group Crime & Society)
T. 02/629.39.13 (Nele De Clercq)

Alison Liebling

Prof. Alison Liebling will present her work in progress being conducted (with Ruth Armstrong, Richard Bramwell and Ryan Williams) as part of an ESRC funded project, 'Locating trust in a climate of fear: religion, moral status, prisoner leadership, and risk in maximum security prisons'. The study was designed following a 'return ethnography' in a single high security prison conducted between 2009 and 2010, showing how the social organisation and experience of high security imprisonment had transformed in a relatively short period of time, following increased risks of, and concerns about, radicalisation. Other relevant changes include lengthening sentences, new constraints on finding meaningful ways of spending time, the changing role of faith identities, a transformed prisoner hierarchy, and changing relationships between staff and prisoners.

Alison Liebling is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Institute of Criminology’s Prisons Research Centre.


17:00 – 17:10: Introduction by Prof. Kristel Beyens, Research Group Crime & Society (CRiS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

17:10 – 18:15: Lecture by Prof. Alison Liebling, Prisons Research Centre, University of Cambridge: 
                       Prisons and the problem of trust: the experiences of long term prisoners in contrasting high
                       security prisons

18:15 – 18:30: Q&A

18:30 – 19:00: Reception


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