Beyond Punishment: Outsourcing Justice? The Privatisation of Prisons

5 October 2012

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The Institute of Criminology is pleased to announce that Professor Malcolm Feeley, the 2012 Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science, will deliver the first seminar in the 2012-2013 Beyond Punishment seminar series.

About the seminar
The United States and Australia lead the world in the development of private prisons. This development has generated considerable controversy and resistance. There are two well-rehearsed arguments against it. First, many thoughtful observers insist that private prisons are not the efficient and effective institutions that their proponents maintain they are. Second, many observers maintain that it in appropriate and morally wrong for the state to delegate one of its core functions to private contractors, and that it violates the basic understanding of constitutional governance. This seminar by Professor Malcolm Feeley acknowledges these two important objections to privatisation, but raises a third, arguably more important issue: that privatisation tends to expand the net of social control through entrepreneurial creativity. Indeed, privatisation is and has long been one of the major sources of innovation in the criminal justice system. This seminar will examine the historic and contemporary role of private entrepreneurs in developing innovations in the criminal process.

About the speaker
Professor Malcolm Feeley, who is the Claire Sanders Clements Dean's Chair Professor of Law at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, is one of two Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chairs for 2012. This Fulbright Scholarship was established through the support of Flinders University the U.S. Department of State and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. Professor Feeley is in currently in Australia to undertake research into privatisation in the criminal justice system as part of a comparative study he is undertaking of the subject in the US, England and Australia.

Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1984, Professor Feeley was a fellow at Yale Law School and taught at New York University and the University of Wisconsin. He served as the director of the campus Center for the Study of Law and Society from 1987 to 1992. He has also been a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Kobe University, and Princeton University. Professor Feeley has written or edited over a dozen books, including The Process is the Punishment (1992), which received the ABA's Silver Gavel Award and the American Sociology Association's Citation of Merit, Court Reform on Trial (1989), which received the ABA's Certificate of Merit, and The Policy Dilemma (1981), Criminal Justice (with John Kaplan and Jerome Skolnick, 1991), Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State (with Edward Rubin, 1998), Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (with Edward Rubin, 2008), and Fighting for Political Liberalism: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex (with Terrence Halliday and Lucien Karpik, 2008). He has authored several dozen articles in social science journals and law reviews. His most recent articles examine issues of federalism, women and crime in the eighteenth century, prison privatisation, and the role of bench and bar in fostering political liberalism. Professor Feeley has received many awards including being appointed as a Russell Sage Foundation Fellow; and the Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association. He has had a term as President American Law and Society Association, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD unit.

This event is sponsored by Corrective Services NSW and is part of the Beyond Punishment seminar series. The event is hosted by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School. The Institute thanks the Fulbright Commission for their support in Professor Malcolm Feeley, the 2012 Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science, giving this Public Lecture.

Time: 5.30-7pm (Registration and refreshments from 5.00pm)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration essential

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