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The Families and Imprisonment Research (FAIR) study

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Research team: Caroline Lanskey, Friedrich Lösel, Lucy Markson, Sophie Ellis, Jenni Barton-Crosby

The Families and Imprisonment Research (FAIR) study is a two year ESRC funded project which is investigating processes of resilience in families who have experienced the imprisonment of the father. The research is a prospective longitudinal study of a panel of 54 families.

It is using semi-structured interviews, standardised assessments and informal observations to collect qualitatitive and quantitative data from fathers, mothers and children about their experiences.  The study aims to inform criminal justice, social welfare and education policy and practice on how best to support convicted parents, partners and children during and after imprisonment and how to minimise criminal justice-related hardships they experience.

Our Aims

The primary aims of the Centre are to:

  • bring together research interests relating to community sanctions (with a European and international as well as a national focus), gender, crime and justice
  • develop the links between criminal justice and social justice
  • give students and colleagues working in these broad areas a clear identity.   

A second, but no less important, objective is to use the Centre as a base from which to apply for research funding. 

Thirdly, the Centre links academic and practitioner related interests - organising a number of workshops with members of the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, voluntary organisations and youth justice agencies. 

The Centre holds occasional seminars and workshops and runs a monthly reading group.