Community sanctions involving supervision are a neglected field in criminological research and are widely viewed in political, media and public discourse as ‘not prison’ and a ‘let-off’. An important new book, Pervasive Punishment by Fergus McNeill (2019), redresses this neglect by attempting to ‘make sense of mass supervision’ as a lived experience. Utilising a short story and allied projects with supervisees involving photographs and songs, he constructs a ‘counter-visual’ criminology that elucidates the ways supervision constitutes ‘pervasive punishment’. This article reviews McNeill’s argument and assesses its applicability in the Australian context.
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 2019-12-01 8 4
Community Sanctions as Pervasive Punishment: A Review Essay
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