What makes a prison sentence a turning point for some prisoners? What can be done to make this more common? And what needs to be in place for turning points to lead to a crime-free life after release? This talk addressed these questions, drawing on current research.
By examining prisoners’ views and experiences, it gave new insights into what it will take to unlock prisoners’ potential and change their lives.
Introduction by Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow
Doing well or just doing time? A qualitative study of psychological adjustment in prison. Dr Esther van Ginneken, Liverpool Hope University
The impact of personal circumstances, the prison environment and obstacles after release on the transformative power of prison. Dr Marguerite Schinkel, University of Glasgow
Response: How effective is research on prison effects? Professor Shadd Maruna, Queen’s University Belfast
Q&A session chaired by Professor Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow.
Two of us attended this event in the opulent surroundings of the Senate Room at Glasgow University. Both Doctors gave an insight to their PhD research that centred on how people cope with imprisonment and the potential for transformative change in this environment. Both presentations were well received and gave us some food for thought. A particular highlight was when Dr Schinkel made direct reference to Positive Prison ? Positive Futures as a possible solution to the cycle of reoffending that some find themselves in…