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Crime Justice and Society

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This research programme brings together researchers who are interested in crime, victimisation, criminal justice and the wider impacts these have on society. We share an expertise in marginalised and powerless groups as offenders, victims as well as access to justice and how they are punished.

The combined expertise draws on the following:

  • Offending behaviour
  • Victimisation
  • Social exclusion
  • Access to justice
  • Young people
  • Gender
  • Punishment
  • Subcultures

For further details please contact programme leaders:

  • Dr Bill Davies
  • Dr David Patton

Current Projects

Gypsies and Travellers and Prison Engagement

Dr Anne Foley, Bill Davies and Angela Grier

Gypsies and Travellers are one of these most socially excluded groups in society as well as being over-represented in the prison system. With this in mind the project will look at to what if any extent services in the prison engage with Gypsies and Travellers. As part of the project we plan to set up a blog for family and friends to access and discuss the issues around the imprisonment of community members.

Community Resource Centre

Bill Davies and Dr Maggie Leese

The responsibility of a University goes beyond simply educating those that apply to study there – there is also a responsibility to the community within which they are based. Within the Department of Criminology and within the University as a whole there is a wealth of knowledge that should be accessible to the general public. Initially targeting people who are in contact with the Criminal Justice System, the resource aims to offer advice and support to those who need it most but might not have access. The advice on offer might range from CV writing to helping fill out application forms for employment. Workshops would be run to help promote self-confidence. The centre can be expanded to include input from the Law department offering free legal clinics; Speech and Language therapy offering help with presenting oneself. A one stop shop for those entering or leaving the criminal justice system.

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