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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Queensland University of Technology 2202-8005 The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.  The Journal is committed to democratising quality knowledge production and dissemination. Authors retain copyright and articles are licenced via Creative Commons to make published articles more readily available and useable. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges). Authors can submit and publish at no cost.
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 4 1

Conducting Prison Research in a Foreign Setting


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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Author Biography

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
United States 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.