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10 Nov 2017

A faculty for freedom: Criminology students could help reform policy

"The more we study and understand people smuggling and the complex networks of criminals that surround it, the more effective the solutions will be". The Guardian Postgraduate Magazine talks to Dr Paolo Campana about the work on human smuggling carried out at the Institute of Criminology and our teaching provisions in the areas of people smuggling, human trafficking and criminal networks.

Nov 2017

Doctors Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow have released the first of the bi-annual Learning Together Newsletter

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27 Oct 2017

Professor Lawrence Sherman awarded Wilbur Cross Medal by Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Read more here.

16 Aug 2017

Counselling domestic abusers cuts offending by third

The BBC have reported on some very successful research by the Institute, which was led by Prof. Heather Strang. Click here or here to learn more.

UPDATE: This research has also been featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

13 Jul 2017

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Impact 2017

The Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology won the 2017 Impact Award for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, for its development of the Cambridge Crime Harm Index. The award recipients were Prof. Larry Sherman, Peter Neyroud, Eleanor Neyroud, Dr. Cristobal Weinborn and Dr. Barak Ariel. More information can be found here. (Scroll down for pictures of our award winners with the Vice-Chancellor.)

15 Jun 2017

20th Annual Nigel Walker Lecture

Prof. Candace Kruttschnitt (Toronto University) gave this year's lecture, which is held in memory of Prof. Nigel Walker, Institute Director (1973-1981). The lecture can be viewed here.

7 Jun 2017

European Criminology Award for Professor Manuel Eisner

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20 Jan 2017

Prof Gelsthorpe 25 yrs service

On 19 December the Vice-Chancellor held a reception at the Old Schools to recognise and celebrate all who have reached their 25th year of service to the University. Among those celebrating this milestone was the Institute's Deputy Director Loraine Gelsthorpe, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice, Director of the Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and Joint Convenor, CAMMIGRES (Cambridge Migration Research Network). (Photo: Nigel Luckhurst).

19 Jan 2017

Professor Per-Olof Wikström Hon PhD

On 19 January 2017 Professor Per-Olof Wikström received an honorary doctorate from the National University El Distancia in Madrid. This honour is awarded to those professionals who, due to their ability and personal and professional career, with national and international recognition, excel in the fields of science, technology, culture, teaching, research or any of the professional areas that provide value to society. (Photograph courtesy of the National University El Distancia, Madrid.)
More information can be found here

18 Jan 2017

New Researcher Aja Murray

We are delighted to announce that Aja Murray, a researcher working with Professor Manuel Eisner, has been awarded the Emmanuel College 2017 Alan Wilson Research Fellowship in biological and medical sciences. Aja was chosen from a field of 580 applicants for the three-year fellowship. She will continue to work with Professor Eisner at the Institute of Criminology, but the fellowship will also give her the opportunity to further develop her own already impressive research portfolio.

2 Dec 2016

IoC Director Announces Winner of 2017 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Cambridge Institute of Criminology Director Lawrence W. Sherman has announced that Professor Richard E. Tremblay of the Universite de Montreal is the winner of the 2017 Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Professor Tremblay's work, spanning four decades and more than 500 publications, began in Montreal and continues today in Paris and Dublin. In a life of pioneering scholarship, he has developed basic science connections between biological, family and social factors in human development and combined this research with rigorous tests of policies that may alter these factors to reduce crime and violence. For further information please visit the Stockholm Prize in Criminology website.

Professor Sherman made the announcement via video-link from Australia at 2 minutes 17 seconds into the video on the Prize website, which begins with welcoming remarks in Swedish. Sherman's detailed explanation of the scientific basis of the Prize is then followed by a live interview with Prize-Winner Tremblay, conducted by Professor Jerzy Sarnecki of the University of Stockholm, the co-chair with Professor Sherman of the International Prize Jury.

2 Dec 2016

System failing to prevent deaths post-detention

Poor access to health care and confusion over post-detention care may have contributed to more than 400 deaths following police custody and prison detention since 2009, a new report has claimed.

See more: Here

10 Nov 2016

The Criminology course opening the door to education for prisoners

The success of the University of Cambridge's criminology course for students and prison inmates has spawned a flurry of similar initiatives

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30 Sept 2016

Police body cameras 'cut complaints against officers'

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31 Aug 2016

Professors Alison Liebling and Anthony Bottoms Appear on Radio 4 Special

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24 Jun 2016

Public Engagement Award

Drs Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong have received an award from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in recognition of their excellent work in public engagement.

10 Nov 2015

Prison Practitioners and Academics ‘Learn Together’

Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow hosted a roundtable at the Faculty that was attended by approximately 50 prison practitioners and academics from universities across the UK. The aim of the event was to explore how universities and prisons might connect to reap the transformative potential of education through Learning Together; an initiative created by Ruth and Amy whereby students in prison and in university come together to learn with each other in the prison environment. Read the Full story.

1 Jul 2015

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

24 Feb 2015

Police use of force: White House told US must learn from UK.

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.

Watch the Testimony

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13 Oct 2014

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.

15 Oct 2013

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.

30 Sept 2013

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:

26 Sept 2013

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

25 Jun 2013

Privatising Probation

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

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.