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Research project

Exploring the role of crisis and scandal in contemporary penal policy

Project overview

The proposed project fosters thinking about how crises and scandals shape contemporary penal policy. It brings together leading academic experts, policy makers and other stakeholders to exchange learning about recent periods of crisis and scandal. A collaborative project, it engaged with the Prison Reform Trust Building Futures team, examining how crises are conceptualise and experienced by people sentenced to long-term imprisonment. In sum, it serves to stimulate debate around how crises and scandals should be approached as part of progressive efforts to improve penal policy.


Lead researcher

Professor Harry Annison

Professor of Criminal Justice

Research interests

  • Penal politics
  • Probation and parole
  • Narratives, storylines and penal policy
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs