'Emotions in prison: an exploration of space, emotion regulation and expression'
Ben is undertaking an ESRC funded study of prisoner emotion supervised by Dr. Ben Crewe. The project aims to investigate the ways in which prisoners regulate their emotions under conditions of confinement by using a combination of research methods (semi-structured interviews and prisoner shadowing). He hopes that his findings will help us to learn more about the emotional 'survivability' of different prisons and to assist management and practitioners to ensure that prisons are positive, secure and safe environments for managing offenders.
Ben's MPhil dissertation won the Jon Sunley prize (2015) which celebrates 'excellence and impact of post graduate research into penal issues'.
Education and Background
Ben studied English (BA) at Leicester, Psychology (MSc) at St. Andrews and Criminology (MPhil) here in Cambridge. He has professional experience working in a range of mental health settings across the UK and US, mainly supporting those with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) and young adults diagnosed with conduct disorders.
- Laws, B. and Crewe, B. (forthcoming) 'Emotion regulation among male prisoners'. Theoretical Criminology.
- Laws, B. (forthcoming) Fronting, Masking and Emotion Release: An Exploration of Prisoners' Emotional Management Strategies. The Howard League for Penal Reform.
- Crewe, B. and Laws, B. (forthcoming) 'Subcultural adaptations to incarceration', in J. Wooldredge and P. Smith (eds) The Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Laursen, J. and Laws, B. (forthcoming) 'Honour and respect in Danish Prisons: contesting 'cognitive distortions' in offender behaviour programs'. Punishment and Society.
Awards and Funding
|2014-2017||ESRC Full award|
|2015||John Sunley Prize, Howard League of Penal Reform|
|2014||Joe Petty Prize for Criminology, Wolfson College|
|2014||Proxime accesserunt for the Manuel López-Rey Graduate Prize, Cambridge.|