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Comparative Penology

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  • Crewe, B., Laursen, J., & Mjåland, K. (2022). Comparing deep-end confinement in England & Wales and Norway. Criminology (Beverly Hills). ISSN: 0011-1384. doi:10.1111/1745-9125.12326.
  • Mjåland, K. (2022). Lovbruddets fravær under soning av fengselsstraff. Straffens etikk. ISBN: 9788230403150. Scandinavian Academic Press. Bokkapittel. s 265 - 292.
  • Crewe, B., Ievins, A., Larmour, S., Laursen, J., Mjåland, K., & Schliehe, A. (2022). Nordic penal exceptionalism: A comparative, empirical analysis. British Journal of Criminology. ISSN: 0007-0955. doi:10.1093/bjc/azac013.
  • Mjåland, K., Laursen, J., Schliehe, A., & Larmour, S. (2021). Contrasts in freedom: Comparing the experiences of imprisonment in open and closed prisons in England and Wales and Norway. European Journal of Criminology. ISSN: 1477-3708. doi:10.1177/14773708211065905.
  • Mjåland, K., & Laursen, J. (2021). Pragmatic and Permeable Egalitarianism: Exploring Social Life in Norwegian Prisons. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab. ISSN: 0029-1528. 108 (1). s 174 - 195. doi:10.7146/ntfk.v108i1.125570
  • Mjåland, K., Schliehe, A., & Laursen, J. (in press) ‘Contrasts in freedom: comparing open and closed prisons in England & Wales and Norway’. European Journal of Criminology
  • Schliehe, A., & Crewe, B. (2021) ‘Top-bunk, bottom-bunk: the experience of cell-sharing in prisons’. British Journal of Criminology, azab053.
  • Schliehe, A., Laursen, J., & Crewe, B. (2021) ‘Loneliness in prison’. European Journal of Criminology. 
  • Crewe, B., Ievins, A., Larmour, S., Laursen, J. Mjåland, K., & Schliehe, A. (under review) ‘Nordic penal exceptionalism: a comparative, empirical analysis’ British Journal of Criminology
  • Crewe, B., Mjåland, K., & Laursen, J. (under review) ‘Exceptionalism in exceptional places? Deep-end confinement in England & Wales and Norway’
  • Ievins, A., & Mjåland, K, (2021) ‘Authoritarian exclusion and laissez-faire inclusion: Comparing the punishment of men convicted of sex offenses in England & Wales and Norway’. Criminology, 59(3) August 2021, p.454-479.
  • Ievins, A. (2020) ‘Perfectly individualized and constantly visible’? Lateral tightness in a prison holding men convicted of sex offences. Incarceration
  • Crewe, B. (2020) ‘The depth of imprisonment’. Punishment & Society
  • Crewe, B., & Ievins, A. (2020) ‘Tightness, recognition and penal power’. Punishment & Society
  • Laursen, J., Mjåland, K., & Crewe, B. (2019) ‘“It’s like a sentence before the sentence”—exploring the pains and possibilities of waiting for imprisonment’. British Journal of Criminology, 60(2), p.363-381.
  • Crewe, B., & Ievins, A. (2019) ‘The prison as a reinventive institution’. Theoretical Criminology

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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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