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Patricia Pérez Goldberg


Patricia Pérez (LL.B., University of Valparaíso) is one of only five women to have held the Justice portfolio in the Chilean cabinet. During her tenure, inter alia, she helped see through new legislation on alternatives to incarceration, including introduction of ankle monitors and reinforcement of non-custodial measures. Ms. Pérez also helped implement gender-based corrections policies, a first for Chile that included special measures for women and the LGBTI population.


She previously held the positions of Deputy Minister of Justice and, for a decade, of trial attorney and advisor with the Office of the Public Defender.


Currently completing a Doctoral Degree in Law at the University of Valparaíso, Ms. Pérez holds an honorary doctorate (Duniv) from the California Western School of Law and an LL.M. in Criminal Law and Science from the Catholic University of Valparaíso.


Her contributions to public service have twice (2007 and 2013) earned her a citation among Chile’s Top 100 Women Leaders (El Mercurio, Chile’s newspaper of record).


Recently appointed by the OAS to the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas, to serve from 2019 to 2021

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.