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Paulo Freire’s Revolutionary Pedagogy: A framework for desistance?

Another post from the prolific Kris MacPherson… The work of the Brazilian academic Paulo Freire was completely unfamiliar to me until someone referred to him in a response to one of my previous blog posts: I sourced a copy of … Continue reading →

Punishment and ‘the horizon of reintegration’

This guest post comes from Javier Velasquez Valenzuela who is a doctoral research in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research where he is studying the culture and practice of sentencing in Scottish courts. Javier previously worked as a prosecutor … Continue reading →

Penal cultures and female desistance

Dr Linnéa Österman who is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law and The Centre for Criminology at the University of Greenwich ( attended the recent ‘Desistance, Structures, Agency and Policy’ conference in Sheffield. If you follow the link below, you’ll find a blogpost … Continue reading →

‘Cognitive transformations’ and desistance

Another post from the ever-prolific Kris MacPherson… Though this is focused on ‘cognitive  transformations’, drawing on the work of Peggy Giordano and her colleagues, just like their work, it also highlights how much cognitive changes relate to social contexts of and reactions to people … Continue reading →

Political Immaturity: ‘Civic Sleepers’ Revisited

In this post, our regular correspondent Kris McPherson returns to the issue of prisoner voting in light of recent discussions about the extending the franchise in Scotland… The views he expresses are, of course, his own. An intriguing story on … Continue reading →

The Colony of ‘Civic Sleepers’

In this latest post from Kris MacPherson, he explores the issue of political disenfranchisement within and beyond prisons. I recently read a blog post by McNeill and Velasquez (2017) concerning the political neutralisation of prisoners in Chile and their right … Continue reading →

Supporting the future workforce

For the past two years, Iriss has supported students of social work at two universities to embed the use of social media in their practice. While we know it can support education – provide them with a whole new world of information and networks – it is the support it provides in the transition from […]