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BOOK LAUNCH: The Pixelated Prisoner: Prison Video Links, Court ‘Appearance’ and the Justice Matrix

Author: Dr Carolyn McKay, Sydney Law School

Guest speaker: Professor Katherine Biber, Professor, Faculty of Law, UTS


Technological linkages between justice and law enforcement agencies are radically altering criminal process and access to justice for prisoners. Video links, integral to an increasingly networked justice matrix, enable the custodial appearance of prisoners in remote courts and are becoming the dominant form of court appearance for incarcerated defendants. This book argues that the incorporation of such technologies into prisons is not without consequence: technologies make a critical difference to prisoners’ experiences of criminal justice.

By focusing on the prison endpoint and engaging with the population most affected by video links – the prisoners themselves – this book interrogates the legal and conceptual shifts brought about by the technology’s displacement of physical court appearance. The central argument is that custodial appearance has created a heightened zone of demarcation between prisoners and courtroom participants. This demarcation is explored through transformed spatial, corporeal and visual relationships. Cumulative demarcations challenge procedural justice and profoundly recompose prisoners’ legal experiences in ways not necessarily recognised by policy-makers.


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Dr Carolyn McKay is a Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School where she teaches Criminal law and Civil and Criminal Procedure. She is Deputy Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology and a member of the Sydney Law School Social Justice Committee


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Time: 5:30 - 7pm (book launch and cocktail reception)
Venue: Law Lounge, level 1, New Law Building Annex F10A, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

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