News

08 Feb 2017

New web project to explore the meaning of sentences

Marguerite CROP

Two SCCJR researchers are seeking contributions to an exciting new website, My Sentence.

Research fellow Dr Marguerite Schinkel has teamed up with PhD student Alejandro Rubio Arnal on the project, which brings together their related research interests. Marguerite’s research focuses on people’s lived experiences of punishment, while Alejandro is interested in how public opinion about criminal justice can be changed.

The site, launching in the spring, will provide a space for people to explore and share the meaning of their sentences in creative ways. It is hoped it will also become a resource for those who are facing a sentence, who will be able to see how others have given this meaning. Politicians, criminal justice staff and the public will also be able to see what sentences mean to those who are sentenced.

Those who have experienced a sentence are being invited to contribute a piece of writing, poetry, a photograph, drawing or painting, a piece of music or a song, or anything else that can be put online. Those taking part are also asked to come up with one sentence that expresses the meaning of their sentence for them. The start of this sentence might be “My fine was…” or My Community Payback Order is…” or something else entirely.

All those who have been sentenced in a criminal court can take part, but no-one should feel that they have to. Contributors will be invited to choose an artist name for the website, though real names may be used if preferred. Reflections may relate to a fine, a community sentence, imprisonment or a series of sentences.

Contributions received before the end of March will be included on the website when it is launched in April.

If you would like to take part or have any questions, please get in touch by email on alejandro.rubio.arnal@gmail.com or marguerite.schinkel@glasgow.ac.uk or by phone on 0141 330 8257. Contributions can also be mailed to Alejandro Rubio Arnal, Ivy Lodge, 63 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8LR.