‘I bottle it up’: the emotions of solitary confinement

New research will set out to examine the emotional world of solitary confinement. Dr Ben Laws from the Institute of Criminology discusses his project, and how the experience of ‘deep confinement’ might shape the lives of prisoners.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 1, 2019 ~4 min

criminal-justice prison emotion

Carrying Tasers increases police use of force, study finds

Cambridge experiment with City of London police found that, while rarely deployed, just the presence of electroshock devices led to greater overall hostility in police-public interactions – an example of what researchers call the ‘weapons effect’.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 20, 2018 ~7 min

criminal-justice policing social-science

History shows abuse of children in custody will remain an ‘inherent risk’ – report

New research conducted for the current independent inquiry suggests that – despite recent policy improvements – cultures of child abuse are liable to emerge while youth custody exists, and keeping children in secure institutions should be limited as far as possible.

Caroline Lanskey, Ben Jarman, Lucy Delap • cambridge
Oct. 18, 2018 ~7 min

spotlight-on-children criminal-justice sex-abuse detention