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Prisons Research Centre


Liebling, A., Auty, K., Gardom, J. and Lieber, E. (2020) An Evaluation of the Meaning and Impact of Shared Reading in Psychologically Informed Planned Environments in Prisons. London: Ministry of Justice Analytical Series.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S. and Wright, S. (2019) Longterm imprisonment from young adulthood. London: Ministry of Justice Analytical Series.

Johnsen, B., Rokkan, T., Liebling, A., Beyens, K., Boone, M., Kox, M., Schmidt, B.E., Vanhouche, A.S. and Mjaland, K. (2017) ‘Measuring the Quality of Life at Norgerhaven Prison’.

Barry, M., Weaver, B., Liddle, M., Schmidt, B.E., with Maruna, S., Meek, R. and Renshaw, J. (2016) ‘Custody to community voice: an evaluation of User Voice councils’.

Ludlow, A., Schmidt, B.E., Akoensi, T., Liebling, A., Giacomantonio, C. and Sutherland, A. (2015) Self-Inflicted Deaths in NOMS’ Custody amongst 18-24 Year Olds: Staff Experience, Knowledge and Views. Study commissioned by the Harris Review.

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.

Liebling, A. and Krarup, H. (1993) Suicide attempts and self-injury in male prisons. London: Home Office.




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.