prison

I write to hopefully start a semantic revolution of sorts within forensic psychology. For whilst the field of offender rehabilitation has undergone considerable revolution of its own, the language used within it seems anachronistic.

To provide a brief history, in the...

The parties in a controversy over the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment have called for an 'open and respectful' debate.

In the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE), ordinary young men were divided into prisoners and guards in the basement of the university. Quickly...

Season six of Orange is the New Black was released on Netflix last Friday. The critically-acclaimed series follows Piper Chapman, a 30-something PR exec turned prisoner, as she navigates her way through a 15-month sentence in Litchfield Women’s Prison. The series...

On 18 July, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Psychology is due to meet for the fifth time at the Houses of Parliament, to discuss mental health in the criminal justice system. The speakers will include a neuropsychologist, forensic and clinical psychologists,...

We all know the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment. It has been a staple of introductory psychology textbooks and lectures for nearly fifty years (see Griggs, 2014).

Ordinary young men were randomly divided into Prisoners and Guards; within a short time, the Guards...

One would think that prisoners and prison psychologists would nurture a symbiotic relationship, to create a rehabilitative culture. However, this is definitely not the case at HMP Whatton. I accept that there are extremely challenging cases at the largest sex offenders prison...

13:30 – unlock time in HMP Downview. Prisoners leave their cells, walk through the wings and across the exercise yard to their places of work and activity. As the new cohort of attendees arrive for the Trauma Stabilisation Group I feel nervously excited about co-facilitating...

With the numbers of prisoners dying by suicide at a record high, Professor Graham Towl, formerly the Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice, has written for the Howard League for Penal Reform calling for a greater focus on suicide prevention in UK prisons. 

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It is troubling to see any research withheld and our profession would support open publication and transparency – academic, ethical and professional debate about issues raised through research. The...

We are all intrigued by crime. Yet how we view prisoners from a human rights perspective, and the conditions in which they are housed, are both important questions that receive little measured popular attention. Towl and Crighton’s Suicide in Prisons is a timely book...