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Why Punish?

De Montfort University, Trinity Chapel
13/12/2017 (18:00-20:00)
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British Society of Criminology Midlands Branch presents:

Why Punish?

Date and time: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Location: De Montfort University, Trinity Chapel

Presenters: Professor Rob Canton, DMU; Professor Anne Worrall, Keele University; Professor Gavin Dingwall, DMU

Registration: Places are free but booking is essential. Please book here.

We welcome three esteemed experts to reflect on their own contributions to the field of punishment. Professor Rob Canton’s recent book Why Punish? An Introduction to the Philosophy of Punishment prompts us to think about punishment. The evening will reflect on Rob’s important question to consider how our society responds to and deals with punishment. 

“Why do we punish? Is it because only punishment can achieve justice for victims and 'right the wrong' of a crime? Or is it justified because it reduces crime, by deterring potential offenders, offering rehabilitative treatment to others and incapacitating the most dangerous? The complex answers to this enduring question vary across time and place, and are directly linked to people's personal, cultural, social, religious and ethical commitments and even their sense of identity.”

Our speakers:

Professor Rob Canton - Rob Canton is a former probation officer, who now teaches and researches at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has worked extensively with the Council of Europe and the EU to develop penal practices in several countries and contributed to framing the European Probation Rules and the European Rules on Community Sanctions and Measures. He also acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee during their inquiry into the role of the probation service. More recently, he has been working to try to understand the philosophy of punishment and the emotions with which punishment is associated.

Professor Anne Worrall - Anne Worrall was a probation officer in Stoke on Trent for nearly ten years before taking up the post of Lecturer in Social Work, first at Manchester University and later at Keele University, being responsible for the Home Office funded Probation stream of the CQSW and DipSW programmes at both institutions. She then moved to the Department of Criminology at Keele and eventually became Professor of Criminology, retiring from full-time work in 2009 but continuing to carry out research on a part-time basis. She was a member of the Board of Visitors (now Independent Monitoring Board) at Drake Hall women's prison for ten years and has been a member of the Parole Board of England and Wales.  She has held honorary teaching and research posts at the University of Western Australia in Perth for the past 20 years.

Anne has two overlapping research interests.  Her PhD thesis and subsequent book 'Offending Women' (1990) were concerned with female offenders' experiences of the criminal justice system.  She has collaborated with Pat Carlen on a number of research projects and publications.  Anne has also written widely about the politics and practices of the Probation Service, including 'Punishment in the Community' (1997 and 2005 with Clare Hoy). More recently she has worked with Rob Mawby, first evaluating Prolific Offender Projects and then researching the occupational cultures of probation workers, leading to the publication of 'Doing Probation Work' (2013). Anne's most recent research has been an evaluation of North Staffordshire Integrated Offender Management programme undertaken with Mary Corcoran. She was a founder member of the Probation Institute and in 2015 she delivered the 18th Bill McWilliams Memorial Lecture.

Professor Gavin Dingwall - Gavin Dingwall is Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at De Montfort University, Leicester where he teaches courses in Criminal Law and Penology. In 2016, he held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. His publications include: Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats: Allocating blame in the criminal justice process (2016, with T Hillier); Alcohol and Crime (2008); Crime and Conflict in the Countryside (1999, with S R Moody); and Diversion in the Criminal Process (1998, with C Harding). His current work centres on truth in the criminal justice process, issues surrounding human rights and youth justice, and the on-going injustice of Imprisonment for Public Protection.

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