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Prisons and the Problem of Trust

Locating trust in a climate of fear: religion, moral status, prisoner leadership, and risk in maximum security prisons.

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Gender and the pains of long life imprisonment

Dr Serena Wright, Dr Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley write about their latest findings for Prison Watch UK

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Dr Ben Crewe on Parliament TV

Click here to listen to Dr Ben Crewe presenting his team's evidence on Joint Enterprise to the Justice Committee Second Inquiry on Joint Enterprise.

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Prof Alison Liebling’s interview with BBC Radio 4 on trust in prison

Nov 01, 2016

Prof Alison Liebling talked about trust in prison on the programme ‘Analysis: Trusting Inmates’ aired on BBC Radio 4.

Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre

Jun 15, 2016

Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre on 25 May.

Suicide Prevention Conference

Jun 02, 2016

Dr Amy Ludlow hosted a suicide prevention conference in HMP Altcourse.

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Prisons Research at Cambridge University

The Cambridge Institute of Criminology Prisons Research Centre aims to provide a stimulating research environment in which a coherent strategy of high quality research can be pursued, and integration between funded and non-funded, and applied and theoretical projects can be facilitated. We investigate how prisons operate, socially, morally and operationally, how they are experienced, and the relationship between these moral and social qualities, and their effects.

Members of the PRC team carry out, individually and collectively, methodologically rigorous and theoretically relevant field-based studies addressing problems of human and social values, punishment practices, and the organisation and effects of aspects of prison life. We strive to forge links with other prisons researchers, scholars in the broader fields of criminology and sociology, and with practitioners. Our vision is to develop a rigorous and person-centred model of social inquiry.