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Justice Focus - A podcast featuring Professor Alison Liebling News Item
Oral History of Criminology - Professor Alison Liebling News Item
PRC Annual Report 2019 News Item
Are Hope and Possibility Achievable in Prison News Item
PRC Annual Report 2018 News Item
Prof. Alison Liebling is made Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences News Item
Sykes Conference 2018 News Item
Conceptualising and Measuring Moral Performance News Item
Prof Alison Liebling’s interview with BBC Radio 4 on trust in prison News Item
PRC Annual Report 2020 News Item
Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre News Item
Learning Together Conference News Item
Suicide Prevention Conference News Item
Suppression, denial, sublimation: Defending against the initial pains of very long life sentences News Item
Catherine Barnard and Amy Ludlow lead new ESRC research project on EU migrant workers in UK News Item
Gender and the pains of long life imprisonment News Item
Prof. Alison Liebling presents evidence to Justice Committee News Item
File PDF documentPRCnewsletterApril2017.pdf File
PRC Newsletter March 2018 News Item
File PDF documentPRCnewsletter March2018 File
‘Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley and Serena Wright’s book: Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood - online book launch News Item
Ben Crewe interviewed for the Growth Uncut podcast News Item
New Book: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control News Item

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.