Conducting Prison Research in a Foreign Setting

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
     United States


This paper discusses the process of conducting prison research in France. Drawing on a study conducted with a sample of prisoners in a maximum-security facility in Paris, this article outlines the major challenges relating to access, data collection, and dissemination of results in correctional research. It also addresses some of the barriers that are inherent to prison research conducted in a setting foreign to the researcher. The value and place of prison research in the field of criminology are also discussed.

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Published: 2015-04-01
Pages:113 to 127
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How to Cite
Kazemian, L. (2015) “Conducting Prison Research in a Foreign Setting”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4(1), pp. 113-127. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v4i1.199.

Author Biography

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
 United States
Lila Kazemian is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of criminal Justice. She completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge in 2005. She completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK). She joined the faculty at John Jay in the fall of 2006. Her research interests include life-course and criminal career research, desistance from crime, prisoner reentry and comparative criminology.