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June 2018

A new assessment of the state of the evidence on Out of Court Disposals

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A new assessment of the state of the evidence on Out of Court Disposals by Dr Peter Neyroud, Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Coordinating Group and Lecturer in Evidence based Policing, has been published. The assessment was commissioned by the National Police Chief's Council of England and Wales. The Review draws on the recently published Systematic Review on Pre-court disposals managed by the Police. The evidence review was commissioned to inform the development of the new NPCC strategy on out of court disposals for England and Wales.

May 2018

Leaving Prisons in Faith; four people of faith prepare to leave prison and hope to rebuild their lives in the community.

In this trilogy of films about four people 'Leaving Prison in Faith' we meet four people of faith preparing to leave prison and hoping to rebuild their lives in the community. In the first film - Hopes - Dr Ruth Armstrong takes us into HMPYOI's Feltham and Styal to meet a Christian man and woman and a Muslim man and woman to understand their hopes for life after their imminent release from prison. In the second film - Connections - we look at the work of Chaplaincy teams connecting with people in faith communities outside of work and the extent to which the protagonist have been able to build support networks while inside. In the final film - Community - we return to find out what has happened to each person since they have been released. The films are designed to highlight themes in research about routes out of crime, and to practically support prisons and faith communities think about how to work together more effectively to support people leaving prison. They will be used by The Welcome Directory as they provide training to faith communities hoping to get involved in this work.
Watch Film 1: Hope, Film 2: Connections Film 3: Community

May 2018

Professor David P. Farrington to receive the 2018 Herbert Bloch Award

Professor David P. Farrington has been chosen to receive the 2018 Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of criminology, and to the ASC. Professor Farrington served as President of the ASC and President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He was also involved in the foundation of the Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology and instrumental in establishing the Division of Sentencing and Corrections. The Herbert Bloch award is the fourth major ASC award given to Professor Farrington, the others being the Sellin-Glueck Award for international contributions to criminology (1984), the Edwin Sutherland Award for outstanding contributions to criminology (2002) and the August Vollmer Award for outstanding contributions to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behaviour (2014). Professor Farrington's achievements will be celebrated at the 2018 ASC Annual Meeting Award Plenary in Atlanta, on the evening of 14 November.

May 2018

Dr Paolo Campana runner-up at the CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards (Postgraduate Supervisor)

Dr Paolo Campana, University Lecturer in Criminology and Complex Networks and Director of the Institute of Criminology PhD Programme, has received a commendation at the Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) Student-Led Teaching Awards 2018 ceremony, as runner-up in the Postgraduate Supervisor category, from a shortlist of six candidates. The ceremony was held on the evening of Wednesday 2 May, in the University Combination Room at the Old Schools.

23 Apr 2018

Korea Correctional Service delegation visits Institute

On 23 April the Institute of Criminology was pleased to host members of the Korea Correctional Service. Bethany Schmidt, Research Associate in the Prisons Research Centre, and Professor Roy King, Honorary Research Fellow, were in dialogue with the delegation on a range of penal issues, including the role of the prison officer, new build prisons and the pressures of a rising prisoner population, as well as the consideration of the quality of prison life in different jurisdictions. The delegation will be visiting several English prisons during their visit to the UK.

Dec 2017

Professor David P. Farrington to receive the John Paul Scott Award for aggression research

David P. Farrington, Professor Emeritus of Psychological Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, has been selected to receive the John Paul Scott Award of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). The award recognises a 'significant or lifetime contribution to aggression research' and Professor Farrington will receive the award, and deliver the Scott Award Address, at ISRA's 23rd Biennial World Meeting in Paris on 12 July 2018. In recent years Professor Farrington has also received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology and the Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology, as well as the August Vollmer Award of the American Society of Criminology, for outstanding contributions to the prevention of delinquency. He has also received the Juvenile Justice Without Borders International Award of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

8 Dec 2017

Child Protection in the Secure Estate in England and Wales 1960-2016

Loraine Gelsthorpe, Ben Jarman and Caroline Lanskey have joined forces with historians Lucy Delap (Cambridge) and Louise Jackson (Edinburgh) to investigate the historical and contemporary contexts that shaped approaches to child protection in the secure estate in England and Wales between 1960 and 2016. To learn more, please visit the History & Policy website.

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

See more: Here

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.