Research Abstract

Professor Alison Liebling

Director of the Prisons Research Centre
Director of the Ph.D. Programme


Research Abstract

Professor Liebling has conducted a wide range of empirical research in prisons, including studies of young offender throughcare; an evaluation of two small units for difficult prisoners in Scotland; an evaluation of Wolds private remand centre; an evaluation of incentives and earned privileges; an ethnographic study of staff-prisoner relationships; a study of the decision-making process on discretionary life sentence panels; an evaluation of close supervision centres for difficult prisoners; and several studies on measuring the quality of prison life. She has carried out a detailed evaluation of the relationship between prison quality and prison suicide, a study of prolific self-harm at Peterborough Prison, and the development of a quality of life survey for prison staff. Her current research includes a detailed study of values, practices and outcomes in public and private sector corrections (funded by the ESRC) and a repeat of the study of staff-prisoner relationships at HMP Whitemoor.