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The Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology


Welcome to the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology.  The Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology conducts and synthesizes randomized controlled trials of policing, criminal justice and crime prevention programmes, in tandem with training doctoral and post-doctoral students the methods and practices of experiments in crime and justice.  The Centre's mission is to produce better evidence for advancing human liberty.  Founded in 2007 with support from the Jerry Lee Foundation of Philadelphia, the Cambridge Centre works closely with the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.  In collaboration with the Australian National University, these centres jointly operate the Jerry Lee Program of Randomized Controlled Trials in Restorative Justice, a series of 12 field experiments involving over 3,000 crime victims and offenders.  The Centre is also undertaking new experiments on a variety of innovations for preventing serious crime, including homicide.

Centre Members


Dr Heather Strang Heather Strang

Director of Research

Professor Lawrence Sherman Lawrence Sherman

Chief Analyst

Dr Barak Ariel

Research Fellows

PhD Students

What Is Experimental Criminology?

Why Cambridge?

What does the Centre do?



Professor Sherman "Less Prison, More Policing"

Professor Sherman: Professional Policing. The Benjamin Franklin Award 2011

Professional Policing and Liberal Democracy.

Lawrence Sherman. The 2011 Benjamin Franklin Medal Lecture Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce


Professor Sherman receives Alumni Medal from Yale University President