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Suicide Prevention Conference

last modified Jun 02, 2016 01:09 PM
Dr Amy Ludlow hosted a suicide prevention conference in HMP Altcourse.

Dr Amy Ludlow hosted a suicide prevention conference in HMP Altcourse on 18 May 2016 (in collaboration with Dr Philippa Tomczak, Criminology Research Fellow / Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow from University of Sheffield) that was attended by approximately 50 criminal justice practitioners, policymakers, academics. See programme here. The event built upon the first one that was held in Cambridge in September 2015. A follow up event is planned for 6 September 2016.

A recent publication from PRC on suicide prevention is: Liebling, A. and Ludlow, A. (2016) ‘Suicide, distress and the quality of prison life’,  in Y. Jewkes, B. Crewe and J. Bennett (eds.) Handbook on Prisons (second edition). New York: Routledge.

Here are the findings of the research into Self-Inflicted Deaths of 18-24 year olds in Custody (Harris Review) that was recently conducted by PRC members.


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.