Public Criminology - What is Justice?
Date: Nov 5/13
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Research and Academic Centre West, 150 Dalhousie Street, RCW 002
Dr. Justin Piché
In the Canadian context we are exposed to commentary that privileges criminalization as a way of interpreting and favours punishment as a way of responding to complex harms and conflicts in our communities. This way of seeing and acting in the world is oriented around notions of 'justice' such as deterrence (sending a message that given acts will not be tolerated), incapacitation (warehousing the criminalized for prolonged periods of time in the name of preventing future harms beyond prison walls), and 'just desserts' (making sure those with whom the law in in conflict receive the punishment they deserve). Underpinning these notions of 'justice' are assumptions about what the victimized and/or criminalized, as well as members of their families and communities, need from 'justice'. Rare, however, are efforts to interrogate these assumptions and ask stakeholders affected by criminalized conflicts and harms what they need from 'justice'. This presentation aims to engage Wilfrid Laurier University students and residents of Brantford, Ontario in such a discussion, by studying a number of real-world scenarios and asking the question "what is 'justice'?" This vision of 'justice' from the ground-up will then be contrasted to state responses to these conflicts and harms as a means of evaluating whether participants are satisfied with the status quo.
Contact: Carrie Sanders
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