SCCJR 8th Annual Lecture: “Moving targets: Reputational risk, rights and accountability in punishment”

by Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat (University of Toronto)

This lecture will comment on how institutional concerns about prevention, reputational risk and human rights have produced forms of accountability that facilitate persistent, systemic problems. A recent inquest into a death in custody is used to show how the current logics of rights compete with forms of preventative security used by prisons, and more generally criminal justice organizations to manage ‘incidents’ versus ‘individuals’.

Biog: Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat is Vice Dean Undergraduate at University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and Director of the Centre of Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. She has made important contributions to criminology, sociology and criminal justice policy and institutional/legal reform. She has published numerous articles and books on risk theory and risk /need assessments, penal change, gender and diversity in punishment, procedural fairness in specialized courts and criminal justice decision-making and more recently on the disclosure and use of criminal records by police and private companies.

Professor Hannah-Moffat’s research and advocacy has informed the work of governmental agencies, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Civil Liberties Associations, Correctional Service Canada, the Department of Justice Canada, the National Parole Board, and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Professor Hannah-Moffat also worked on inquest into death in custody and as a policy advisor for Madame Justice Louise Arbour on the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston.


Monday 19th May 2014, Lecture commences at 6.00pm.


7.15pm Reception (Carnegie Room, Gilbert Scott Building.)