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New national research led by Amy Ludlow published on prison suicide.
To inform Lord Harris's Review into Self-inflicted Deaths (SID) amongst 18-24 year olds held in National Offender Management Service custody, researchers from the Faculty of Law and the Prisons Research Centre at the
University of Cambridge, in partnership with RAND Europe, were commissioned to study staff experience, knowledge and views relating
to the identification, management and prevention of self-inflicted deaths (SID) in prison.
Read the full story
The University of Cambridge's Director of the Institute of Criminology Professor Lawrence
Sherman tells White House task force that translating UK models of policing to US is the best hope in a generation for
tackling dangerous rates of ‘justifiable’ homicides committed by US police, and the resultant haemorrhaging of police legitimacy
across the nation.
Read the article in the Independent.
Professor Per-Olof Wikström's book, Breaking Rules: The social and situational dynamics of young people's urban crime has been reviewed by Professor Ralph Taylor.
SAT is an important and well supported theory of crime acts, perhaps the most important one in the last two-plus decades of
theorizing in criminology. The publication of this volume therefore is a major event for criminological theory.
- Professor Ralph Taylor. Read the full review.
On Wednesday 17 December the House of Commons Justice Select Committee released their follow-up report into the doctrine of Joint Enterprise in criminal law (HC310).
The evidence of Cambridge academics Dr Ben Crewe (Institute of Criminology), Dr Matthew Dyson and Professor Graham Virgo (Faculty of Law) is cited throughout the report, with Dr Crewe and Dr Dyson having given oral evidence to the Committee (as reported previously).
Joint enterprise is a doctrine of criminal law, involving the imposition of accessory liability where two or more parties have agreed to commit one crime but one of them commits another crime. The parties may be liable for this other crime if they foresaw its commission as a possibility.
Criminology Ph.D. candidate Peter Neyroud: Is policing a science-based profession? in The Globe and Mail
Criminology Ph.D. candidate Pascale Reinke-Schreiber interview on human trafficking in the Cambridge Evening News
Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe becomes a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
The Academy is delighted to announce that it has conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences on 34 leading social scientists, including Professor Paul Boyle, now VC of the University of Leicester; Lord Best OBE, President of the LGA; Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, President of the British Society of Criminology; and Rt Hon David Willetts MP, newly announced as Visiting Professor at Kings College London. View the full list here.
Charlie Falconer, Ian Blair, Ian Loader, Lawrence W. Sherman. Shaun Ley hosts... read more
Professor Maniel Eisner and Dr David K. Humphreys
(University of Oxford) have been in the news regarding their research on licencing laws and violence...
2013 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award
Professor David Farrington has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award by the 2013 American Society of Criminology's Division of International Criminology Awards Committee. The award is scheduled to be presented on November 22, 2013 at the Division's Awards Reception during the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta.
Dr David Thomas QC (1938-2013)
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr David Thomas QC (1938-2013), a member of the academic staff of the Institute for over
thirty years (1971-2003).
Recruited from the LSE soon after the publication of his path-breaking book Principles of Sentencing (1970), David Thomas was the first lawyer to be appointed to the Institute's staff. His outstanding achievement was in the building of bridges between academy and the practical world of courts and judges. In the 1970s his pioneering research work on the sentencing policy and practice of the Court of Appeal led to the first systematic exposition of sentencing law in England and Wales. There followed many invitations to participate in conferences and then training for judges in this sphere of work, which in turn led on to David's magnum opus, Current Sentencing Practice, which in various editions has been in daily use in the Crown Court for many years.
Sir Igor Judge, the Lord Chief Justice said of David, " he revolutionised the approach of courts in this country to sentencing. It has been a remarkable achievement, the product of an intensely inquiring mind... all accompanied by a lively wit and warm good humour."
Within the Institute he was a real team player, who took a full role in teaching and administration, and had a particular and much valued interest in the welfare of support staff. He was also an active Fellow of Trinity Hall (since 1971).
Our thoughts are with his wife, Margaret, and his family at this sad time.
An obituary appeared in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/nov/05/david-thomas
Professor Lawrence Sherman awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Social Science
Professor Lawrence Sherman is awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Social Science from the University of Stockholm and the ASC Division of Experimental Criminology Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award on the 27th September, of which Professor David Farrington was the first recipient in 2010. See the event, or Read more
Privatising Probation: The Death Knell of a Much-Cherished Public Service? 16th Annual Bill McWilliams Memorial Lecture with speaker: Professor Paul Senior available to view online
Larewnce Sherman on Social Science Bites podcast he outlines his approach and gives some examples of its successes. Social Science Bites is made in association with SAGE.
First University Lecturer in Evidence-Based Policing
Dr Barak Ariel has been appointed to the Institute of Criminology on a long-term basis as the University’s first departmental Lecturer in Evidence-Based Policing.
Maria Ttofi was interviewed by The Economist on the subject of School Bullying available to read online :
Maria Ttofi was interviewed by The Economist on the subject of School Bullying available to read online : Quick Study: Maria Ttofi on School Bullying Prevention is the cure 15th March 2013
The Home Secretary appoints Professor Lawrence Sherman as a Director of the newly-established College of Policing
Alex Marshall appointed First Chief Executive of the new College of Policing Read More...