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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sylvestre et al. on Territorial Governance of Marginalized People

Marie-Eve SylvestreNicholas Blomley and Céline Bellot (University of Ottawa - Civil Law Section, Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Geography and University of Montreal) have posted Navigating the Territories of Law - Introduction to Red Zones: Criminal Law and the Territorial Governance of Marginalized People (Cambridge University Press, 2019) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In Red Zones, Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Nicholas Blomley, and Céline Bellot examine the court-imposed territorial restrictions and other bail and sentencing conditions that are increasingly issued in the context of criminal proceedings. Drawing on extensive fieldwork with legal actors in the criminal justice system, as well as those who have been subjected to court surveillance, the authors demonstrate the devastating impact these restrictions have on the marginalized populations - the homeless, drug users, sex workers and protesters - who depend on public spaces. On a broader level, the authors show how red zones, unlike better publicized forms of spatial regulation such as legislation or policing strategies, create a form of legal territorialization that threatens to invert traditional expectations of justice and reshape our understanding of criminal law and punishment.

Chapter 1: Navigating the Territories of Law provides an introduction to red zones and other bail and sentencing conditions of release through the stories of three individuals whose lives and rights are directly affected by them. It discusses the legal context in which such conditions are embedded, details about the methodology and conceptual framework and provide a first statement of the book's overall argument.

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