Haven’t had a chance to read all of this page yet (it’s bookmarked for later) but wanted to flag it now. We still don’t know a great deal about experiences of long-term imprisonment (and its effects) so this is very timely research.

© Dr. Ben Crewe, Dr. Susie Hulley, Serena Wright (researchers)

Having been ‘in the field’ since February this year, we concluded a long period of prison-based fieldwork at the start of September. In that time, we visited 11 different prisons, both ‘closed’ and ‘open’, and both in the adult (aged 21+) and Young Offender (aged 18-20) estate. During this time, we conducted in-depth interviews with 87 men, all of whom were serving a life sentence with a tariff of 15 years or more, given to them when they were aged twenty-five or under. We have interviewed selectively: in the early phase of their sentence (having served less than four years), in the middle phase (halfway through their tariff, plus or minus two years), and in the late phase (either a year from their tariff point or beyond it). In most of the prisons, we approached everyone who met these sentence-stage criteria to request an interview, but this was not possible in the two category B training prisons, where a large number of prisoners fell within these categories. In part to mitigate this, and to gather data from a larger sample, we distributed questionnaires in all of the establishments to all prisoners who met our broader criteria. While we wait to receive security clearance in order to enter two high-security establishments - a hiatus that might last for a couple of months - we have begun the analysis of the 147 surveys that we have so far received, alongside a review of the emerging themes from the interviews. [Rest on: crim.cam.ac.uk]