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The University of Southampton
Institute of Criminal Justice Research

About us

The Institute of Criminal Justice was established in the Law School at Southampton in 1986 under the direction of Andrew Rutherford (now Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Policy in the Law School). As well as an academic, the Institute’s founding Director, Professor Rutherford, was an active penal reformer and so the Institute maintains an interest in exploring and developing the relationship between criminal justice research and scholarship and policy and practice. Fostering these connections remains a central aim of the Institute which is a genuinely inter-disciplinary research hub that seeks to reach out to colleagues of all disciplines (and indeed across all institutions) who feel that their research interests might include or complement criminal justice studies.


The Institute now sits in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. The Institute’s Director is Professor Jenny Fleming.

ICJR Foundation Lecture

Read the ICJR's foundation lecture - "The Limits of Law Enforcement" presented by Norval Morris at the University of Southampton, 18 June 1986.

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