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Supervisible: Experiences of criminal justice supervision in Scotland

  • ISBN: 978-1-911114-12-3

  • Published: 2017

  • Pages: 7

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


Supervisible: Experiences of criminal justice supervision in Scotland Companion photovoice factsheet

Supervisible: Experiences of criminal justice supervision in Scotland, by Professor Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow, used photovoice methodology to begin to represent and understand the experiences of people who are supported and supervised in the community as part of the criminal justice system.

In Scotland participants had diverse experiences of the justice system from supervision on community payback orders to life sentence parole supervision.

The participants’ photographs and discussion drew attention to the themes of constraint, time (loss or suspended), waste, judgement and growth (or development). These finding echo those in both England and Germany.

Supervisible has revealed how supervision can be – sometimes at the same time – both a painful and helpful experience. It also demonstrates the usefulness of visual methods in helping people express their experiences of supervision, as a tool for researchers (and practitioners) to engage with people, and in helping to make the experience of penal supervision more visible.

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