Offender supervision in Europe

Leading researcher: Fergus McNeill (University of Glasgow)
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Network
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Penology | Offender supervision | Incarceration

Main institution: n.a.
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: Cost Actions – European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Reference: IS1106
Starting date: 27-03-12

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Offender supervision in Europe has developed rapidly in scale, distribution and intensity in recent years. However, the emergence of “mass supervision” (i.e. in the community) has largely escaped the attention of legal scholars and social scientists more concerned with the “mass incarceration” reflected in prison growth. As well as representing an important analytical lacuna for penology in general and comparative criminal justice in particular, the neglect of supervision means that research has not delivered the knowledge that is urgently required to engage with political, policy and practice communities grappling with delivering justice efficiently and effectively in fiscally straitened times, and with the challenges of communicating the meaning, legitimacy and utility of supervision to an insecure public. This Action aims to remedy these problems by facilitating cooperation between institutions and individuals in different European states (and with different disciplinary perspectives) who are already carrying out research on offender supervision or, in the case of early stage researchers, are attracted to that field. It will review and synthesise existing knowledge and then enrich it through interdisciplinary and comparative work and capacity building. The Action will thus provide a European forum on offender supervision for academics, policy makers, practitioners and interested citizens.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub36*Catarina FroisPrincipal Investigatorproj162*Offender supervision in EuropeNetworkConcluded
Other researchers

Fergus McNeillPrincipal Investigatorproj162*Offender supervision in Europe
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