I've been in Liverpool all week at the first annual conference of COST Action IS1106 on Offender Supervision in Europe. Over the course of a long three days, we've discussed various aspects of offender supervision regimes - pre-sentence (here in England, bail), as a sentence (community orders, suspended sentence orders, and their youth justice equivalents), and post-sentence (release on license from prisons). The conference has detailed exciting developments in the Action, which aims to collect and meta-analyse data from across the EU/Council of Europe, in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the phenomenon of non-custodial supervision across European criminal justice.
I'll spare you my notes on the subject. If you find any of that interesting, the speeches will soon go up on the Action's website, so you can listen to the presentations and read the slides as if you'd been there!
This is one of the most exciting developments in my field at the moment, and there's plenty more to come. Watch this space!
P.S. - Ahead of the COST conference I also attended the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology's Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures, many of whose members are involved in the COST Action. Their presentations will also be going up when the Working Group's own blog gets up and running - and when it does, I'll provide a link to that as well.
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