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Comparative Penology

Institute of Criminology

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By Line Dahler-Eriksen

For a novice in the prison research field like me, the extent to which the length and harshness of a prison sentence is decided within the actual the prison was in itself eye-opening. But even within this paradigm, the pressure to admit guilt that the interviewed women described, worked as a form of control that entailed very particular dilemmas and anxieties for those who did not believe that their conviction was fair

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logo The Comparative Penology Group is led by Dr Ben Crewe and his research team who, since 2016, have been working on a five-year project titled: 'Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis'.

The research is based in England & Wales, and Norway, and involves four inter-related studies of (a) penal policymaking and the penal field (b) the experience of entry into and release from custody (c) the daily experiences of female prisoners and imprisoned sex offenders, and (d) prisoners in the most secure parts of each jurisdiction's prison system.

This project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).








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