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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.
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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.

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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.