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Research Findings

Alison LieblingBethany SchmidtBen CreweKatherine AutyRuth Armstrong, Thomas AkoensiDeborah KantAmy Ludlow and Alice levins (2015) Birmingham prison: the transition from public to private sector and its impact on staff and prisoner quality of life - a three-year study. MOJ.

Liebling, A., Arnold, H and Straub, C (2011) An Exploration of Staff-Prisoner Relationships at HMP Whitemoor: Twelve Years On, London: National Offender Management Service


Prisons Research at Cambridge University

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.