Helping, holding, hurting: recalling and reforming punishment

Fergus McNeill

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    The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament represents one of the most significant planned reforms of punishment in Scotland for generations. But, as we plan and debate a new penal future, to what extent have we learned the lessons of Scotland's penal history? In this year's Apex Scotland Annual Lecture, Professor Fergus McNeill presented findings from a British Academy funded research study of oral histories of Scottish probation in the 1960s - the forgotten but significant period immediately before the introduction of the Children's Hearings system and the generic social work departments. In offering an analysis of the sometimes powerful and moving stories of people who were subject to probation at that time, he aimed to challenge our preconceptions about how criminal sanctions can help, hold and hurt those who are subject to them, in so doing providing an important and fresh perspective on key aspects of the current reform programme.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2009
    EventThe 6th Annual Apex Lecture - Edinburgh
    Duration: 8 Sept 2009 → …


    ConferenceThe 6th Annual Apex Lecture
    Period8/09/09 → …


    • crime
    • criminal punishment
    • penal reform


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