BSC South West Region & University of Plymouth event – 17 June 2024

Crisis Reform Repeat?
Evaluating change in Criminal Justice

University of Plymouth
17th June 2024

Plenary Speaker: Dr Travis Linnemann (Kansas State University) The Police at the End of the World

This is a world where nothing is solved. Someone once told me, ‘Time is a flat circle.’ Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again. Thus spoke Rust Cohle (True Detective, 2014)

Rust Cohle’s pessimistic view of the world draws upon Nietzsche’s doctrine of eternal recurrence – but are things really this bleak? This conference provides a forum for discussion on the nature of reform across all elements of the criminal justice system and beyond. Reform is often fuelled by an event or crisis, but to what extent are reforms successful? Do they bring about needed change? Or are we doomed to keep repeating the mistakes of the past regardless?

The BSC SW network and CHEx invite proposals for papers that engage with responses to crisis that relate to crime, justice, harm, or control in its many forms. Papers can be international in scope, contemporary or historical, focus on public or private agencies, celebrate successful reform or critique its failure.

To submit a paper, please send a 200 word abstract to Iain Channing ( ) by Friday 3rd May. If you have any questions, please contact Iain in the first instance.