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Moving Targets: Punishment, Accountability and Institutional Protectionism

Event Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2013

Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, and faculty affiliate niversity of Toronto, Centre of Criminology.

Moving Targets: Punishment, Accountability and Institutional Protectionism

12 - 1.30 PM SEI 112

This paper uses the recent history of Canadian punishment and interdisciplinary literatures to theorize shifting penal patterns. I focus on recent deaths in custody and institutional responses to these deaths to explore systemic issues of accountability, fractured subjectivities, institutional access and the reframing of correctional policy and prisoner's rights. I argue that contemporary risk based institutions have reframed the penal subject, accountability and expertise; thus producing new strategies of governance that require us to ask different questions and draw on a broader range of literatures.