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Alice Ievins

Alice Ievins

Ph.D Student

'The Social Experiences of Sex Offenders in Prison: A Comparative Analysis'


Biography:

Alice is currently working towards her PhD, titled: 'The Social Experiences of Sex Offenders in Prison: A Comparative Analysis', supervised by Dr Ben Crewe. Although sex offenders make up 15% of the sentenced adult male prison population, very little is known about them beyond their position at the base of the prisoner hierarchy. Alice's research will attempt to address this gap by exploring the social and existential experiences of prisoners convicted of sexual offences in different types of establishment. It is particularly interested in issues of identity management, stigma, trust and friendships. The research will build on Alice's MPhil dissertation, 'Living Among Sex Offenders: Identity, Safety and Relationships at HMP Whatton', which was one of the winners of the Howard League for Penal Reform's inaugural John Sunley Prize.

Education

  • PhD Candidate, Criminology, University of Cambridge
    Thesis: 'The Social Experiences of Sex Offenders in Prison: A Comparative Analysis'
    Supervisor: Dr. Ben Crewe
  • MPhil, Criminological Research, University of Cambridge
    Thesis: 'Living Among Sex Offenders: Identity, Safety and Relationships at HMP Whatton'
    Supervisor: Dr. Ben Crewe
    Grade: Distinction
  • BA (Hons), English, University of Cambridge
    Grade: 2:1

Key Publications

  • Ievins, A. and Crewe, B. (in press) ‘“Nobody’s better than you, nobody’s worse than you”: Moral community among prisoners convicted of sexual offences’, Punishment and Society.
     
  • Ievins, A. (2014) ‘Living among sex offenders: Identity, safety and relationships at HMP Whatton’, The Howard League for Penal Reform.
     
  • Crewe, B. and Ievins, A. (2015) ‘Closeness, distance and honesty in prison ethnography’, in D.H. Drake, R. Earle and J. Sloan (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 124-142).
     
  • Ievins, A. (2013) '"This isn't a real prison": Prisoner safety and relationships in HMP Whatton', Prison Service Journal, 208: 10-16.