Law School academics tell Fringe audiences to Hug a Thug

The Law School's Professor Lesley McAra and Professor Susan McVie are to present a show in this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show, Hug a Thug, will be staged on Tuesday 25th August as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas series hosted by the Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Network.

By sharing stories of both victims and prisoners, many of whom committed crimes from a young age Professor McAra and Professor McVie will prompt questions like: "Is the criminal justice system a soft touch?" or "Do prisons make life too easy for criminals?"

The interactive show will also give audience members the chance to design their ideal prison, while challenging preconceptions about crime and punishment. 

Professor McAra and Professor McVie led the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, the largest largest study of youth offending in Scotland.

The project's findings became the evidence base for the Scottish Government's 'Whole System Approach' for dealing with young offenders.

Professor McAra and Professor McVie were jointly awarded the Howard League Research Medal in 2013 for this work in recognition of their 'oustanding research with real-world impact.'

Find out more about Hug a Thug.

Find out more about the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime.