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Prisons Research Centre



Bradley is a graduate of the Institute of Criminology’s MSt in Applied Penology and Criminology programme (2022). He is also a full time Regional Prison Governor in the Southwest. With 12 years’ experience as a practitioner working in frontline prison management roles, his experience and interests in crime and criminal justice are wide and varied. Bradley has now begun his PhD part-time, under the supervision of Professor Alison Liebling and Dr Lucy Wilmott. His PhD builds on his MSt research into the Parole System in England and Wales. He is a member of Trinity Hall and alumni of Homerton College.


Bradleys previous research was a qualitative study, conducted during the COVID pandemic, with 15 serving prisoners exploring their perceptions of the parole process in England and Wales. Key findings included evidence of: the powerful effects of negativity, and contextual truth in reporting, on prisoners’ self-identity; the detrimental effects on prisoners trying to form their future selves post offending, potentially impacting on desistance; the power of human interactions in the parole process their contribution to prisoners feeling ‘seen’; and the benefits to engagement. A draft paper exploring these themes is under development.

The question that guides his current research is ‘Can you have moral outcomes without human interactions?’. These interests include the moral quality and impact of parole and its processes on prisoners, the power and impact of political decision making, and public perceptions on parole development in England and Wales. He is also interested in the role of ‘Human Vibrations’ in building connections which help sustain and develop prisoners’ identities, leading to greater chances of rehabilitation, and how reduced connections or more automatic process can break the societal connections and frameworks needed to sustain the citizen contract.

Bradley’s criminological interests include criminal justice ethics, penology and penal theory, history and theory of punishment, community sentencing, history of crime, pains of imprisonment, and alternatives to prison.

PhD Student (Part Time)
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