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'The Signal and the Noise’: Desistance from Offending and the Parole Process




You are invited to a public lecture to formally launch the Centre for City Criminology and to celebrate ten years of Criminology at City, University of London.

We welcome Professor Shadd Maruna (Manchester University), the world-renowned criminologist who will deliver a talk entitled: ‘The Signal and the Noise’: Desistance from Offending and the Parole Process.

Prisoners and ex-prisoners often report experiencing a fundamental change of self-identity whereby they see themselves as "no longer the same person that committed those crimes."

Research on desistance* from crime suggests that such transformations are often genuine as former "offenders" can go on to "make good" and lead productive lives. The problem is that there is also a strong incentive to "fake good" in order to be released from prison or community supervision. How can one discern between a legitimate transformation and a false performance of reform? This talk will introduce findings from Signalling Theory that may be able to shed light on such crucial decision making.

The event is open to all, and alumni of Criminology programmes at the University are particularly encouraged to attend.

The event has kindly been supported by the Department of Sociology and will be followed by a small reception for all guests. There will also be an exhibition in the Pavilion in the new University entrance, titled Criminology and the City. The exhibition highlights our work on areas ranging from youth violence to institutional scandal.

*In the field of criminology, desistance is generally used to mean the ceasing of offending and then refraining from further offending over an extended period..

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6.30pm - 8.00pmThursday 7th December 2017

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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