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Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures
The ESC Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures was formed in 2007 by a small group of scholars to encourage networking, foster discussion, stimulate empirical research, enable theoretical development and encourage critical and comparative work on community sanctions and measures in European jurisdictions. The group has grown steadily since its inception, with around 80 members today. We organise a seminar every spring, to which members are invited to present their research, discuss research ideas and network.
This year the working group held its 9th annual seminar, which took place over 2 days on 26-27 May 2016. Our venue this year was Dublin, and our host was Dr Deirdre Healy of University College Dublin. The event was attended by 27 members of the working group, who came from ten different countries. Papers at this event addressed a wide range of issues, including oral histories of probation in Ireland (Deirdre Healy & Louise Kennefick); electronic monitoring in Belgium and the Netherlands (Kristel Beyens & Miranda Boone); probation in the news (Fergus McNeill & Paul McGuinness) and the sociology of rehabilitation work (Hannah Graham). The full programme for the seminar, as well as some of the presentations from this and previous seminars can be found on the webpage/blog for the Working Group: https://communitysanctionsblog.wordpress.com/
We also organise a stream of panel sessions at the annual ESC Conference. In Porto, September 2015, we organised seven panel sessions, with in total 28 presentations from a number of different jurisdictions. At this year’s conference in Münster our Working Group expects to host around four panel sessions, with papers on a variety of topics including electronic monitoring in Europe; emotional labour in probation practice; resettlement of offenders in Europe; and CSM in Portugal and Italy.
Members of the Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures developed a successful application for a COST Action on Offender Supervision in Europe, which concluded a 4-year programme of work in March 2016 (see: www.offendersupervision.eu). Both the COST Action and the ESC Working Group have been springboards for successful collaborations and research funding applications, including the ‘Supervisible’ project which used visual methods to explore how individuals experience being subject to supervision: http://www.offendersupervision.eu/supervisible
ESC members interested in joining the CSM Working Group should contact us at: G.J.Robinson [at] sheffield.ac.uk or kerstin.svensson [at] soch.lu.se.
Gwen Robinson is Reader in Criminal Justice at the School of law, University of Sheffield, UK.
Kerstin Svensson is Professor of Social Work at the Lund University School of Social Work, Sweden.