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Read more at: PRC Annual Report 2019

PRC Annual Report 2019

17 October 2019

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Read more at: Are Hope and Possibility Achievable in Prison

Are Hope and Possibility Achievable in Prison

9 January 2019

Please see the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice article.


Read more at: Evaluation of Shared Reading Groups in Psychologically Informed Planned Environments.

Evaluation of Shared Reading Groups in Psychologically Informed Planned Environments.

27 November 2018

Funded by NHS England and HMPPS, this 20-month research project is an evaluation of Shared Reading, a distinct model of reading groups run by The Reader Organisation in Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs). PIPEs have been developed jointly by the NHS and HMPPS as part of the Offender Personality Disorder...


Read more at: Sykes Conference 2018

Sykes Conference 2018

23 October 2018

Day 1 - Introduction (Professor Bruce Western) and Plenary 1 (Professor Jonathan Simon) Listen online: https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2849751?format=mp3&quality=high Download: https://downloads.sms.cam.ac.uk/2849751/2849757.mp3 Click here for Jonathan Simon's slides Day 1 - Panel Session (Dr Alice Ievins, Dr Alexandra Cox...


Read more at: PRC Annual Report 2018

PRC Annual Report 2018

22 October 2018

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Read more at: Prof. Alison Liebling is made Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences

Prof. Alison Liebling is made Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences

20 July 2018

Professor Alison Liebling is to be elected to the fellowship in recognition of her work on studying prisons, specifically the internal social order of prisons.


Read more at: PRC Newsletter March 2018

PRC Newsletter March 2018

28 March 2018

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Read more at: Conceptualising and Measuring Moral Performance

Conceptualising and Measuring Moral Performance

13 April 2017

Materials from a lecture given to M.St. students by Prof. Alison Liebling


Read more at: Latest PRC newsletter

Latest PRC newsletter

6 April 2017

The latest edition of our newsletter, with updates of new research and activities from the Prisons Research Centre.


Read more at: Prof. Alison Liebling presents evidence to Justice Committee

Prof. Alison Liebling presents evidence to Justice Committee

19 January 2017

Prof. Alison Liebling presented evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into prison reform.


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.