Tag Archives: prison

August 26

Bearing witness

You can probably tell I am coming to the end of a long period of annual leave (5 glorious weeks to be exact). My mind is clearer and I am re-energised and motivated. My husband took this photo of me today, and it made me think. Good charities and orgs want their clients to develop […]

August 24

Orange is the New Black: Women’s Centres Continued

[Image belongs to Dr Nicola Harding, Lancaster University, and was accessed from Nicola’s twitter account. Nicola has written a leading text on women’s centres, you can access it here .]   My previous post on women’s centres can be accessed here.  I have also written about them in this earlier post.    My main arguments […]

August 04

Sisters’ Keepers: The Case of Women’s Centres

Acknowledgements Thank you to fellow researchers in the field who have supported my writing and encouraged me with many phone calls and messages There is incredible talent in this field. In particular thank you NH, AHS, KG, TA, EJ. Also thank you to all the Gender and Crime seminar students- you taught me a lot […]

June 23

Publications

    Hi everyone, I have been asked to put some selected publications in an accessible place so I am listing them here.   Sex Workers in Prison Summary Report   They Only Care When There’s a Murder On: Contested Perceptions of Vulnerability   Paying the Price Sex Workers in Prison   GjSS Between Lapdancing […]

February 02

Prisons and Theology

Today is the final day of Christmas, it’s Candlemas. Now we head towards Easter and if you are a Christian, the cross.   Yesterday I blogged about space and emotions.   Today Rev Richard Ormond  (highly recommend you give him a follow) tweeted the following link. “There’s something very powerful about our sense of place. […]

February 01

Feelings and space

I talk a lot about emotion and affect, feelings and space, the importance of viewing familiar spaces differently. My Ph.D thesis was heavily informed by such concepts. I embody many liminal spaces, and places are in flux. They change depending on how I am with and how I am feeling. When I take a familiar […]

August 29

Critical thinking and drugs policy

My research on Organized Crime Groups (OCG’s) has been quoted in the Liverpool Echo Sunday 1st September 2019. I am the Co-Founder and Facilitator of a social group for blind and visually impaired people. On bank holiday Monday we had a lovely walk and then a few soft drinks outside a pub enjoying the sun. […]

May 18

The Problem with Women’s Centres

Paint it pink and state ’empowerment’ and the funding and support will come. But what exactly are people supporting? The growing push for prison abolitionism has made the fatal error of ignoring the critiques of the ‘radical alternatives’. The harms of prison are merely being displaced and reproduced in community settings. Women’s centres should not […]

July 14

Maria with the Red Hair

After I left sixth form, my dad died. After my undergraduate, my husband was in a coma in intensive care. And after getting my Ph.D we have had lots of family health problems and other traumas to contend with. Academia has been the last thing on my mind, and I certainly have a lot of […]

April 08

The Trauma of Research

Research can be traumatic. It can reach inside of us and expose our own fears, insecurities, experiences and weaknesses. It can bruise and scratch and leak down to our deepest layers. It can expose what we are frightened of, the real life monster under the bed, and it can expose ourselves. We face an authentic […]