Examining the relationship between punishment and the end of offendingThursday 21 May 2015
The Department of Social Science collaborated with the British Society of Criminology to organise a one day seminar examining the relationship between punishment and the cessation of offending.
The seminar explored both the possibilities and limitations of criminal justice and alternative interventions in promoting desistance. Speakers included Dr Serena Wright (University of Cambridge), Marie Hutton (University of Birmingham/University of Cambridge), Dr Deborah Jump (Liverpool Hope University) and Jessica Bird (University of Edinburgh).
Topics discussed included female prolific and priority offenders, prison visits, violence desistance and boxing and the impact of prison spaces on the cessation of offending.
Dr Emily Hart, Lecturer in Criminology, said: "The aim of the day was to discuss new research and theoretical developments in the field of desistance from crime. In addition to four excellent presentations, we had stimulating discussions around the areas of human rights, identity, gender, imprisonment, and the relationship between responsibility and choice. We will continue thinking about these topics over the summer and work on putting together an edited book about this exciting new research on desistance."