‘Privatising Probation: The Consolidation of the Risk Agenda’

Posted by ap507 at Mar 24, 2014 11:25 AM |
Left Realist criminologist delivers latest Scarman Lecture at University on Wednesday 26 March

The Department of Criminology will host the latest free public Scarman Lecture on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 5.15pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, in the Henry Wellcome Building, where recent changes in the probation service in England and Wales will provide a focus for discussion.

The talk, ‘Privatising Probation: The Consolidation of the Risk Agenda’, will be delivered by Professor John Lea (pictured), a key figure in the development of Left Realist criminology and Professor at the University of Brighton.

Neoliberalism embraces two apparently conflicting orientations: on the one hand ‘rolling back’ the state in favour of private market solutions and, on the other, the consolidation of a coercive security apparatus exemplified by surveillance, workfare and prisonfare.

Using the example of recent changes in the probation service in England and Wales it will be argued in the lecture that these two aspects are only superficially contradictory and that in fact ‘privatisation’ can be the vehicle of increased centralisation and state coordination.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception which will provide an opportunity to speak to Professor Lea.

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