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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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Suppression, denial, sublimation: Defending against the initial pains of very long life sentences

Apr 28, 2016

Dr Serena Wright, Dr Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley's latest article for Theoretical Criminology

Catherine Barnard and Amy Ludlow lead new ESRC research project on EU migrant workers in UK

Feb 04, 2016

Professor Catherine Barnard has been awarded a prestigious ESRC Senior Fellowship as part of the UK in a Changing Europe project.

Gender and the pains of long life imprisonment

Feb 04, 2016

Dr Serena Wright, Dr Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley's latest article for Prison Watch UK.

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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.