Co–Producing Justice

International Perspectives

International Perspectives

Lessons from Home and Abroad

9.30 am – 4.00 pm on 17th December, 2018


Introduction to the Event

Presenter: Tom Jackson, Head of Community Justice, Glasgow.

The second in our Coproducing Justice Programme of Knowledge Exchange was introduced by Tom Jackson, Head of Community Justice, Glasgow.

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Trade Right International

Presenter: Trevor Gregory, founder and Director

This presentation, by Trevor Gregory, discusses the process of development, impacts and effects of Trade Right International, a social business working with people in prison in Scotland in collaboration with a cooperative in Ghana.

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Street and Arrow: A Personal Journey

Presenter: Callum Hutchison, Navigator

Callum Hutchison, Navigator, Street and Arrow offers an overview of the work of Street and Arrow, and how his own involvement in Street and Arrow shaped is own journey towards recovery and desistance.

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Glasgow Together

Presenter: Barry Mochan, CEO and founder

In this presentation, Barry Mochan, CEO and founder, discusses the process of development of the social enterprise, Glasgow Together. Glasgow together provides paid work for people with convictions and is such is oriented both to supporting work integration and desistance. Barry outlines the model adopted, the social impacts and effects that Glasgow Together has engendered, as well as future plans and next steps.

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Introducing the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises

Presenter: Yussupova Aziza

In this presentation, Yussupova Aziza outlines both the work of ENSIE and approaches to the integration of former prisoners in Belgium.

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Katri-Liis in Wonderland: Putting Research into Policy and Practice

Presenter: Katri-Liis Reimann, Associate Professor, Tallinn University and Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University

In this presentation, Katri-Liis Reimann discusses the challenges of putting the research on public sector management and innovation into practice in the form of creating new social service design models (social service hackathons) and social enterprises (including The Skill Mill). It explores how empirically informed models can be used for development of education and designing a master programme with an impact of creating solutions to complex social problems.

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The Vagen ut! Cooperative

Presenter: Pernilla Svebo, CEO

Distinctively, Vagen ut! was born as a grassroots movement, between – at that time – a small group of probation officers and people with lived experience. Today, Vagen ut! have 13 social cooperatives, employing 125 people, 90% of whom have at one time themselves been distanced from the labour market, and supporting a further 150 people. In this presentation, Pernilla Svebo charts the development, growth, dynamics and effects of the Vagen ut! Cooperatives.

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A focus on social cooperatives for the re-inclusion of prisoners and ex-prisoners: The Italian case

Presenter: Valerio Pellirossi

It is widely recognised that providing a path of re-inclusion or social reintegration to prisoners and ex-prisoners, especially through work, has a positive impact in the reduction of recidivism. Nevertheless, there is no consensus about the general extent this phenomenon, and the measure of positive and negative effect on prisons management and security is still controversial. Moreover, there is a need for a deeper investigation of the effect of work inclusion policies on the general economy of a Country. In this context, Valerio Pellirossi’s presentation proposed updated elements of analysis to the debate, with an overview of evidence from international studies investigating the topic of involvement of prisoners in training and work inclusion activities and the relation with the reduction of re-offending rates. The presentation will concentrate on the Italian case, with particular attention to social cooperatives working with offenders, and it will provide an analysis of the evolution the Italian normative framework and national policies in the sector of work inclusion of prisoners and ex-prisoners. The presentation will illustrate how social cooperatives are operating in the sector and it will focus on the most recent data on work activities in Italian prisons, with learning from the investigation of best practices.

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Coproducing Justice: The Irish Experience

Presenter: Mary O'Shaughnessy, Cork University Business School

Mary O'Shaughnessy argues that since it first emerged in public policy discourse, in the 1990s, the concept of social enterprise has been mainly viewed as a mechanism of job creation/integration and service provision in disadvantaged communities. This perspective has been significantly influenced by European policy. In contrast, the interpretation of social enterprise in Irish academic discourse is more varied. In all, these variations have contributed to an ambiguous national understanding of the social economy as a sector and social enterprises as distinctive entities, which in turn has compromised attempts to estimate the scale and potential of the sector in Ireland to date. As part of the policy response to the unemployment crisis of the economic recession, the Irish government commissioned an examination of the job-creation potential of social enterprise. The Forfás report, published in 2013, offered a new official definition of social enterprise, characterised by many of the features of the EMES ideal type. Furthermore, the description and examples of social enterprises presented in this report confirmed the dominance of one model of social enterprise in Ireland—the work integration social enterprise, or WISE. The objective of this presentation is to discuss how social economy and social enterprise are understood in Ireland and to explain how WISEs have evolved as the dominant Irish social enterprise model to date.

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Generating new thinking: Charting the development of WISEs in the Irish criminal justice sector. How far we’ve come and how far we have to go

Presenter: Siobhán Cafferty, Social Enterprise Project Manager

The launch of the Department of Justice and Equality social enterprise strategy, A new way forward in May 2017 signalled a progressive change in thinking for the Irish criminal justice sector. No longer seen as the sole responsibility of the public and private sector, Siobhán Cafferty explains that the employment of people with a history of offending became a shared issue that required a considered response. Development of and investment in Work Integration Social Enterprises became part of that solution. This presentation charts the journey of WISEs in the Irish criminal justice sector, how far we’ve come while also highlighting how far we have yet to go.

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Developing Co-ops with Incarcerated Workers

Presenter: Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, John Jay College CUNY

In this presentation, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard addresses racism, exploitation, and humanism through alternative economics in the criminal justice system. She will discuss developing worker cooperatives in prisons with incarcerated member-owners. Gordon-Nembhard uses the example of incarcerated worker co-ops in Puerto Rican prisons to explore the potential of the co-op model to address prison reform/abolition in a solidarity economy framework. This presentation will also address curricular needs of and legal constraints to using this model in the U.S.A., as well as current coalitions and efforts in the US to develop incarcerated and returning citizen worker co-ops.

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Co-operatives and the Criminal Justice System in Canada: Learning Communities for Justice

Presenter: Isobel M. Findlay, Fellow in Co-operatives, Diversity, and Sustainable Development, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, and Professor emerita, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan

In this presentation, Isobel Findlay explains that the operating contradictions of colonization and capitalism largely shape the contradictions of Carceral Canada. The impact on those marginalized by a centre that presumes its right to both judge and enforce its judgments is felt keenly, while the incriminating record of the colonial and neocolonial state and extractive industries that have produced dispossession, pollution, and inequality is largely ignored. The colonial/capitalist legacy and a tough on crime agenda is clear in patterns of Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system and in statistics on victimization to violence and their under-representation in education, employment, and earning power in Canada. It is against this background that a social economy of safety and receptivity is most needed on the way to redistribution, reconciliation, and justice—and is inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. The public truth sharing, apology, and commemoration that acknowledge and redress past harms is a process of healing of relationships at the heart of reconciliation and justice. Drawing on initiatives across Canada, this presentation tracks efforts within and beyond Corrections Canada to rebuild community and reimagine justice in communities of learning, including Walls to Bridges (building on the US Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program) and the Justice Trapline in Saskatchewan. It concludes with a review of challenges and opportunities associated with decolonizing the Canadian criminal justice system and lessons learned about what we all can gain from Indigenizing thinking and practices and displacing disciplinary monocultures that have wasted so many lives.

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