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Institute of Criminology


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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Feb 2015

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.