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Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Justice innovation and law reform

The current projects focusing on justice innovation and law reform our CCCJ researchers are working on.

Personality disorders and imprisonment

Principal Investigator: Shadd Maruna

Project aim: 'The concept of the "personality disorder" (as opposed to mental illness) is an evolving one, and the implications for criminal justice practice are particularly controversial and unsettled. Criminologists in the Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice are exploring the dynamics of the personality disorder label from the perspective of both prison staff and prisoners themselves.

Plea bargaining and its historical roots in the English Courts

Funder: The British Academy

Principal Investigator: Mary Vogel

Project aim: To explore the historical origins of plea bargaining in England using a statistical approach to the analysis of coded archival data.

Understanding desistance from sexual offending

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council

Principal Investigators: Anne-Marie McAlinden (Queen's University Belfast) and Shadd Maruna (University of Manchester)

Project aim: This research seeks to fill an important gap in the literature around ex-offender reintegration by exploring the specific socio-cognitive changes that underpin desistance among individuals who have previously committed sexual offences against children. Using life history interviews with a sample of desisting (3-5 years post conviction) and persisting offenders (recently re-convicted) it explores how and why some individuals convicted of serious sexual crimes are able to move on from such pasts and successfully desist from future re-offending.

Use of police discretion

Principal Investigator: Dr Geoff Pearson

Project aim: An ethnographic study of the use of police discretion at a Northern police force. The project focuses particularly on stop check, stop and search and arrest.