16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology 2016

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22.9.2016 - H-Building H 1 | 11:45am - 1:00pm 
Plenary 1: Formal Social Control: Prison and Policing

Chair: Ineke Pruin, Bern

Values, prison quality and outcomes: the role of legitimacy and trust in upholding social order
*Alison Liebling1
1 University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Abstract Text :

Changing penal landscapes, and their relationship to ideology and practice, have long been considered a key part of the criminological enterprise. The struggle for justice, order, security and liberty is played out in prison, sometimes in dramatic ways: in how the prison is used, but also in its internal organisation. In the last 25 years, important gains and significant erosions have taken place in the role and status of values in prison, many of which have been empirically tracked. Drawing on a number of studies, this presentation reflects on the changing nature, role and effects of the contemporary prison, and the reordering of the values of trust, justice or legitimacy, and security in particular. I consider the relevance of these findings for models of order, and the significance of the rapidly developing field of prison studies to the broader field of criminology. 

Policing Urban Communities. The Times They are A-Changing...
*Thomas Feltes1
1 Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, Department of Criminology and Police Science, Bochum, Germany
Abstract Text :

Come gather around people, wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown. And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin', then you better start swimmin' or thinking, or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'. Come scientists and critics, who prophesize with your pen, and keep your eyes wide, the challenge won't come again. And speak soon, for the wheel's still in spin... Come politicians and managers, please heed the call. Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall. For those that get hurt now will fight back quite soon. The battle outside ragin' will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls. For the times they are a-changin'. Come academics and students throughout the land, and criticize what you can't understand. The old theories are rapidly aging, so please get out for new ones, if you can - for the times they are a-changin'. The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast, the slow one now will never be fast. As the present now will later be past, the order is rapidly fadin'. And those who pull out now will later be last. For the times they are a-changin'.