prison

Each year a guest curator undertakes the momentous task of reviewing thousands of pieces submitted by people in criminal justice settings (youth and adult prisons, secure units, and on probation). This year’s curator is Soweto Kinch, an award-winning British jazz and hip-hop...

Yvette’s description of her role raised issues increasingly debated by psychologists. How can psychologists improve services (and decrease harmful or inappropriate treatment) for those who have been diagnosed as having a psychological condition? Does the time and finance...

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Dr Apryl Alexander, also a Clinical Assistant Professor (University of Denver), kicked off an American Psychological Association symposium with a fascinating – if depressing – look at the ‘school to prison pipeline’ in the USA. Policies and...

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...