‘Privatising Probation: The Consolidation of the Risk Agenda’

Posted by er134 at Mar 24, 2014 10:19 AM |
Left Realist criminologist delivers latest Scarman Lecture at University of Leicester on Wednesday 26 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 March 2014

Recent changes in the probation service in England and Wales will provide a focus for discussion at a free public lecture hosted by the University of Leicester.

The Department of Criminology will host the latest Scarman Lecture on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 5.15pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, in the Henry Wellcome Building, at the University of Leicester.

The talk, ‘Privatising Probation: The Consolidation of the Risk Agenda’, will be delivered by Professor John Lea, 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.

Professor Adrian Beck, head of the Department of Criminology, said: “We are thrilled to have Professor Lea contribute to our Scarman Lecture series. He has an outstanding reputation for generating original high quality scholarly work that has influenced the thinking of students, academics, practitioners and policy makers over a number of decades.”

Professor Lea is the co-author of two key books, What is to be done about Law and Order? and Losing the fight against crime. This work has shaped British criminology dramatically over the past few decades, and has become influential across a wide-ranging criminal justice policy agenda.

The work also had a strong influence on the crime and justice policies of the New Labour government of 1997.

His interests in criminology have always been wide ranging, including organised crime, historical criminology, security and criminal justice policy.

The talk will take place in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome Building, on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 5.15pm, followed by a drinks reception which will provide an opportunity to speak to Professor Lea.  The event is free and open to the public.

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For further information and bookings please contact Russell Knifton, Marketing and Admissions Administrator in the Department of Criminology, at rk191@le.ac.uk

About the Scarman Lecture series

Each year the Department of Criminology invites a number of high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety. The lectures are open to the public and members of the University of Leicester. For 2013-14 the lectures will take place in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome building. All of the Scarman Lectures are free and open to all and a wine reception follows each of the lectures.

 

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