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The Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925

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Last featured in the 09-07-18 Scout Report, The Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia continues to provide users with insights into the stories encompassed by interactions with the criminal justice system.

Launched in 2017, The Digital Panopticon is a fascinating research project exploring the impacts of various punishments on approximately 90,000 people who were sentenced at London's Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925. This project brings together "millions of records from around fifty datasets" into a searchable database, including trial records, transportation records of convicts who were sent to Australia, and many more. Of particular interest are the Convict Lives pages, which feature brief biographies of individual convicts whose life histories were "reconstructed using the Digital Panopticon website," while the Historical Background section offers helpful contextual information about the British criminal justice system at that time. Students and educators will want to check out the Research and Teaching section, which contains themed research guides and resources for using The Digital Panopticon in classrooms. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Digital Panopticon is "a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Tasmania, Oxford, and Sussex," with Barry Godfrey, professor of Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, as its principal investigator.
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2020-01-24
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