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The Stains of Imprisonment Book Launch

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Monday 17th April 2023
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Recent decades have seen a widespread effort to imprison more people for sexual violence. In this hybrid event, which is hosted by the International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU), we will launch Alice Ievins’ book, The Stains of Imprisonment, which offers an ethnographic account of one of the worlds that this push has created: an English prison for men convicted of sex offences. This book examines the ways in which prisons are morally communicative institutions, instilling in prisoners particular ideas about the offences they have committed—ideas that carry implications for prisoners' moral character. Investigating the moral messages contained in the prosaic yet power-imbued processes that make up daily life in custody, Ievins finds that the prison she studied communicated a pervasive sense of disgust and shame, marking the men it held as permanently stained. Rather than promoting accountability, this message discouraged prisoners from engaging in serious moral reflection on the harms they had caused. Analyzing these effects, Ievins explores the role that imprisonment plays as a response to sexual harm, and the extent to which it takes us closer to and further from justice. The event will involve a short discussion about the book by Alice, and reflections on the book and the punishment of sexual violence by Professor Shadd Maruna (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Dr Anja Kruse (University of Oslo).

Download the e-book:,men%20convicted%20of%20sex%20offenses.

The event will take place in the School of Law and Social Justice Events Space, Ground Floor.