The Church has a long tradition of offering support to ex-offenders seeking to make a fresh start. However, to what extent are the concepts of justice, grace and redemption, which characterise the Church’s approach, mirrored in the processes and values of modern secular society? How far is society’s treatment of offenders, and its response to crime and social problems, driven by a desire to punish and exclude, and what does this mean for our claims to be a modern, progressive or inclusive society?
This event takes place inside the historic Grade 1-listed building of Minster of St. Mary-the-Virgin in Reading town centre, which sits (geographically and spiritually) in the centre of the Reading community. For the event the church will turn into an interactive exhibition space, filled with studies about crime and criminal justice carried out by University of Reading researchers.
Through the use of visual data – photography, animation and videos – the event challenges you to think about the impact of incarceration and criminalisation, as well as our societal appetite for the punishment of offenders. Can punishing criminals prevent unwanted deaths? How has punishment changed over the years? What does history tell us about what and who should be criminalised? Should the death penalty be reintroduced? How do prisons differ across the world? There will also be mini-lectures offered throughout the day.
This event is organised in collaboration with the Death Penalty Project, a London-based international legal action charity. It provides free legal representation and assistance to individuals facing the death penalty and other vulnerable prisoners.
This is part of the Festival of Social Science runs from 3-10 November 2018 and includes over 300 events across the UK. With everything from film screenings, exhibitions, workshops and walks to debates and hands-on experiences, there are events suitable for all ages and all walks of life.https://esrc.ukri.org/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/