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Moran Benisty


Moran Benisty is a Criminologist (PhD) from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Her Masters’ dissertation in Rehabilitative Criminology dealt with pro-social activity as a crucial factor in rehabilitation, desistance and addiction recovery & maintenance. She has recently finished working on her PhD dissertation, titled “An offspring’s incarceration as a family crisis”, focusing on parents and siblings of incarcerated men and their experiences.

She has been working with Israeli male prisoners for the past 13 years, initially as a Psychology and English teacher in various education wards in high level security prisons, and for the past 8 years as a freelance assessor and composer of prisoners’ criminogenic reports and rehabilitation programs for parole committees.

Throughout the years she has also been a lecturer in colleges and universities in Israel, teaching courses in psychopathology, domestic violence, correction facilities, the parole system and research methods, both in Hebrew and English. 

Prisons Research at Cambridge University

The Prisons Research Centre (PRC) was founded in 2000, under the Directorship of Professor Alison Liebling. The Centre has received funding from a wide range of sources, including the Prison Service/NOMS, the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, KPMG, the Home Office and UKDS (now Kalyx).

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.

You can read more about the latest projects in our Annual Reports.