Pervasive punishment in a pandemic

Casey, R., McNeill, F. , Barkas, B., Cornish, N., Gormley, C. and Schinkel, M. (2021) Pervasive punishment in a pandemic. Probation Journal, 68(4), pp. 476-492. (doi: 10.1177/02645505211050871)

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Abstract

In this paper, we draw on data from a recent study of how Covid-19 and related restrictions impacted on vulnerable and/or marginalised populations in Scotland (Armstrong and Pickering, 2020), including justice-affected people (i.e. people in prison and under supervision, their families and those that work with them; see Gormley et al., 2020). Focusing here mainly on interviews with people released from prison and others under community-based criminal justice supervision, we explore how the pandemic impacted on their experiences. Reflecting upon and refining previous analyses of how supervision is experienced as ‘pervasive punishment’ ( McNeill, 2019), we suggest that both the pandemic and public health measures associated with its suppression have changed the ‘pains’ and ‘gains’ of supervision ( Hayes, 2015), in particular, by exacerbating the ‘suspension’ associated with it. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for the pursuit of justice in the recovery from Covid-19.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was part of the ‘Scotland in Lockdown: Health and Social Impacts of Covid-19 Suppression for Vulnerable Groups in Scotland’ study, and was supported by Chief Scientist Office (Scottish Government) funding, Grant Number COV/GLA/20/12.
Keywords:Probation, parole, supervision, punishment, pandemic, covid-19.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gormley, Dr Caitlin and Schinkel, Dr Marguerite and Barkas, Miss Betsy and McNeill, Professor Fergus and Cornish, Mr Neil and Casey, Ryan
Authors: Casey, R., McNeill, F., Barkas, B., Cornish, N., Gormley, C., and Schinkel, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Probation Journal
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0264-5505
ISSN (Online):1741-3079
Published Online:28 October 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Probation Journal 68(4): 476-492
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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