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Social Science Bite on Successful Prisons

Alison Liebling summarises decades of research on what makes prisons work, and what doesn't..?

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Professor Liebling speaks at the Queensland Corrections Symposium 2018

Click here to watch Professor Alison Liebling present.

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Prof. Alison Liebling presents evidence to Justice Committee

Click here to watch Prof. Alison Liebling present evidence to the Justice Committee enquiry into prison reform.

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'Doing' Coercion in Male Custodial Settings

Professor Liebling speaks at the Museo Criminologico, Rome, June 2018

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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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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.