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Institute of Criminal Justice Research

‘Theorising the Influence of ‘The Brand’ in Criminal Justice: The case of Integrated Offender Management’ Event

30 April 2014
Building 54, Room 10037 (10th Floor) University of Southampton Highfield Campus SO17 1BJ

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Dr Harry Annison (University of Southampton) and Dr Ben Bradford (Oxford University)

ICJR Seminar Poster

Integrated Offender Management (IOM) stands as an important example of the more general trend towards partnership working in criminal justice. In this seminar, we present findings from research conducted into the Thames Valley Integrated Offender Management scheme. A key finding was the strength and importance of the IOM ‘brand’, notwithstanding practical challenges faced by the scheme. We go on in this seminar to consider the meaning and influence of ‘the brand’ in criminal justice. In order to do so, we draw connections between relevant literature on ‘identity’, ‘culture’ and ‘beliefs’, other emerging research on IOM and other relevant research projects conducted by the authors. In closing, the potential strengths of criminal justice ‘brands’ are summarized, alongside the challenges and limitations that their significant influence pose to criminal justice evaluation and practice.

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Dr Harry Annison,Harry Annison is a Lecturer in Law at the Law School, Southampton University. Harry holds an MSc and DPhil in Criminology, from the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University. His research primarily centres upon penal policy, the politics of dangerousness, and the application of interpretive analytical methods to criminal justice. He is currently in the process of developing his doctoral thesis into a monograph, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Dr Ben Bradford ,Oxford University,Ben Bradford is Departmental Lecturer in Criminology at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University. Ben's research focuses primarily on issues of trust and legitimacy as these apply to the police and the wider criminal justice system. International and cross-national comparisons of these issues are a growing research interest, and his work has a particular emphasis on procedural justice theory and the intersection of social-psychological and sociological explanatory paradigms. He has collaborated with the London Metropolitan Police, the College of Policing and other agencies on research projects concerned with improving police understanding of public opinions and priorities.

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