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The University of Southampton
Institute of Criminal Justice Research Members

Mr Keir Irwin Rogers

Doctoral Candidate, Law School, University of Sheffield



BA (Hons) History, University of Sheffield; MA Law (with merit), University of Sheffield; MA International Criminology (with distinction), University of Sheffield.

In the summer of 2012 I spent three months in London completing an internship with the Sentencing Council for England and Wales. Among other things, this involved research into the current format of sentencing guidelines, and the proportionality of offence seriousness with sentence severity.

I have also undertaken voluntary work with the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit, providing representation in Social Security cases.

Scope of Research

My research involves fieldwork (primarily qualitative interviews and periods of observation) in two Approved Premises (previously known as offender hostels). I aim to explore offenders' experiences and views of the post-custodial licence period, and of living in Approved Premises. A 'legitimacy perspective' will be used to interpret my findings, and will help to inform recommendations for policy and practice in this area.

Research Interests

Major contribution areas:

Qualitative interviewing - experience of interviewing members of the judiciary, offenders, probation officers, hostel staff and hostel managers.

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