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Saturday Session, Online – Monday 21 September


The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.

What is the moral justification for prisons?

Prisons are known as correctional institutions and since at least the 19th Century, their stated aim has before reform rather than retribution. Yet prisons have a poor record. In Australia, more than 50 per cent of adult offenders released from prisons had returned to corrective services within two years. Another justification for prisons is deterrence, but there is scant evidence that harsh sentences reduce crime. Can we mount an ethical defence of prisons, and if not, what is the alternative to locking people up?

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21 Sep 2020