The Privatization of Punishment version 2.0: Criminal Records, Digital Technologies, and the New Punitive City

Corda, A. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The talk will discuss a new facet of the privatization of punishment and its effects. While privatization represents a well-established phenomenon in modern criminal justice operations, less understood are the technological, market, and governmental forces that in recent years have dramatically reshaped the production, dissemination, and use of criminal record data. The focus will be on a reconceptualization of theories of penal entrepreneurialism that more directly addresses the role of technology and corporate interests in the field of criminal record management. A new paradigm (‘penal entrepreneurialism version 2.0’) will be utilized to describe and critically assess the new, multifaceted, and often problematic interactions between private actors autonomously collecting, commodifying, and variously using criminal record data, technological developments, and the criminal justice system.
Period12 May 2021
Held atUniversity of Graz, Austria
Degree of RecognitionInternational