Mass Supervision, Misrecognition and the ‘Malopticon'

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 people were serving Community Payback sentences.

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 a performance 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.