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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 4 1

Reform and Research: Re-connecting Prison and Society in the 21st Century

Abstract

IIn this contribution I briefly outline some of the historical and current trends in prison research and question how a prison researcher can work towards influencing policy and practice. I discuss the current role of ‘what works’ research and the way it is sometimes utilized in a time of penal populism and rising prison populations. I argue in favour of a broader approach which recognizes the wider societal effects of imprisonment and I provide a concrete example of how one can attempt to plan research and project work in order to facilitate progression from research and knowledge production to action and implementation. Finally I discuss some of the scientific and ethical implications which can arise when working with reform and implementation projects.

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Pages:33 to 49
Section: Articles

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Author Biography

The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Denmark Denmark
Senior Researcher