Description - Sentencing in the Age of Information by Katja Franko Aas
How does the fact that we live in information societies reflect on the nature of penal discourse and practice? Applying media and communication studies to sentencing and penal culture, Franko Aas offers a lucid and innovative account of how punishment is adjusting to a new cultural climate marked by growing demands for information processing, transparency and accountability. The book explores a number of recent penal developments, such as risk assessment instruments, sentencing guidelines and computerised sentencing information systems, and argues that they are instruments of justice with so-called Macintosh traits, offering pre-programmed answers and solutions. The book touches upon issues of decision-making at-a-distance, the exercise of discretion, databases, disembodiment and the changing nature of subjectivity. The author explores information technology as a cultural environment with profound implications for the nature of penal knowledge, governance and identity constitution. Sentencing in the Age of Information is essential reading for scholars and students interested in sentencing, penal culture, criminology, sociology of law, and media and communication studies.
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Author Biography - Katja Franko Aas
Katja Franko Aas is senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo.