Creating convict criminology in the UK: a response to Aresti, Darke and Ross from members of the British Convict Criminology group

Darley, Danica; Davies, Bill; Earle, Rod; Honeywell, David and Schreeche-Powell, Ed (2023). Creating convict criminology in the UK: a response to Aresti, Darke and Ross from members of the British Convict Criminology group. Justice, Power and Resistance, 6(3) pp. 328–338.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/26352338Y2023D000000003

Abstract

Responding to an earlier article (Aresti et al, 2023) by two scholars involved in convict criminology at Westminster University and a third from the US, this article mounts a defence of the British Convict Criminology group against the analysis and conclusions of the first article. We argue that convict criminology is diverse and needs to embrace different approaches that correspond to national circumstances, both in prisons and universities. We suggest that far from stagnating, convict criminology in the UK is beginning to thrive and has much to offer critical criminology. This offer is strengthened by adopting critical and convivial academic practice supportive of people’s various efforts and experiences in British prisons and British universities. Our article offers a critical engagement with issues of nomenclature, convictism and coloniality which we believe will be important for an inclusive convict criminology for the future.

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