Mass supervision: seen and heard


esrc-festivalDespite its dramatic proliferation and diversification in recent decades, offender supervision has been largely invisible in scholarly and public debates about criminal justice. When supervisory sanctions (like Community Payback Orders) are discussed, it is often assumed that they lack punitive ‘bite’ and, consequently, public credibility.

This event — organised in partnership with Vox Liminis and co-hosted by the Glasgow branch of SASO — challenges these assumptions. It includes an exhibition (curated by the artist Carolyne Kardia) of photographs taken by people subject to offender supervision or by the people who supervise them, a performance (led by Louis Abbott of Scottish indie group Admiral Fallow) of songs stimulated by the pictures and co-written with supervisees, supervisors and others; and a discussion of the underlying research.

The exhibition and performance (opening at 5.30pm) will be preceded by an afternoon workshop (*now fully subscribed*) enabling local practitioners and others to creatively respond to the pictures and songs. After the performance, the SCCJR’s Prof Fergus McNeill (University of Glasgow) will convene a panel discussion┬áboth about the processes involved in the underlying research and about the issues it raises.

Those interested in registering for the evening events, please email: