Seminar Series on Ageing with Margaret Lawson

Date: Friday 11 May 2018
Time: 4.40pm - 6pm
Venue: TD 144 Hawthorn Campus

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Australia and the United States are experiencing a mass incarceration crisis. No principled, wide-ranging solution has yet been advanced, however. To resolve the crisis, Professor Bagaric proposes a major revolution to the prison sector that would see technology, for the first time, pervasively incorporated into the punishment of criminals and result in the closure of nearly all prisons.

The alternative to prison that is proposed involves the fusion of three technological systems. First, offenders would be required to wear electronic ankle bracelets that monitor their location and ensure they do not move outside of the geographical areas to which they would be confined. Second, prisoners would be compelled to wear sensors so that unlawful or suspicious activity could be monitored remotely and by computers. Third, conducted energy devices would be used remotely to immobilize prisoners who attempt to escape their areas of confinement or commit other crimes.

The integrated systems could lead to the closure of more than 95% of prisons. Professor Bagaric discusses how technological and surveillance devices can achieve all of the appropriate objectives of imprisonment, including both the imposition of proportionate punishment and also community protection.

Ms Margaret Lawson is a counsellor of Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, where she provides individual and family counselling as well as a range of family information and support services.

About the Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults

The Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults is a confidential counselling and support service for older adults living in residential and community settings. This service is run by psychology, counselling and social work students through Swinburne University of Technology.

The clinic also provides aged care professionals with mental health training and conducts research on the psychology of ageing

Contact Information: Aida Brydon

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