Dr Luisa Ravagnani

Researcher in Criminology, University of Brescia

Luisa Ravagnani is a researcher in Criminology at the University of Brescia, Italy and an Expert Judge at the Surveillance Court of Brescia, Italy. Her main fields of interests are female prison conditions and life before crime, comparative penitentiary law, death penalty and  the protection of  prisoners’ Human Rights.
In October 2013 she published the outcomes of research on the Italian female prison population, conducted in collaboration with the University of  Oklahoma. This project is still active and the same research is going to be  conducted in Spain, in Argentina and in Cuba as well, with the aim to  compare the data and to check the implementation of the UN Bangkok Rules in  these Countries.
Her current research projects are:
1) Prison conditions of male sentenced prisoners, their recidivism rates and  their future chance of resettlement in Italy;
2) Foreigners in prison: the European situation and best practice;
3)  Italian people detained abroad: numbers and legal situations.
4) Assessing re-offending rate in Italy: structuring a model for the
permanent collection of data in this field.
She is also the V.President of the Associazione Carcere e Territorio Onlus –  ACT (Prison and Society Association), an NGO that puts into practice the  outcomes of the researches by creating ad hoc projects to improve prison  conditions (for more info about the activities of ACT: www.act-bs.it).

Dr Monica Barry

Principal Research Fellow

Monica Barry is a Principal Research Fellow at the School of Law, Strathclyde University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Her research includes evaluations of criminal and youth justice policy and practice and her research interests centre on criminal justice policy, desistance from crime, youth policy, offender reintegration and the impact of youth transitions on offending behaviour. She is the author of Youth Offending in Transition: The search for social recognition (Routledge: 2006), editor of Youth Policy and Social Inclusion: Critical debates with young people (Routledge: 2005), and joint editor with Fergus McNeill of Youth Offending and Youth Justice (Jessica Kingsley: 2009).

Professor Pierpaolo Donati


For many years, Pierpaolo Donati has been involved in theoretical research on the processes of social morphogenesis and correlated empirical researches on the dynamics of civil society, with particular reference to the feature of the so called Third (non profit) sector, which is conceived of as the third pole in respect to the State and the Market. Relying upon surveys on social capital (which he distinguishes in different forms, from the family network to the generalized civic culture), his aim is to develop a relational theory of society, which goes beyond the theories based upon either methodological holism or methodological individualism.  A third guiding line of research – linked to the previous ones – concerns the emergence of a ‘new welfare’, which he calls societarian, subsidiary and plural, since it is pursued through social policies based upon good practices in welfare interventions stemming from civil actors.  The fourth guiding strand of research deals with the general framework he elaborates , which is known at the international level as ‘the relational paradigm’, applied to the globalization processes.  The fifth path of his research is intended to apply the above mentioned topics to the multicultural society, particularly with regard to the different networks of socio-cultural services provided to families.

Professor Jorja Leap

Professor, UCLA

Jorja Leap has been a member of the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Social Welfare since 1992.  As an anthropologist and recognized expert in gangs, crisis intervention, youth justice and the death penalty, Dr. Leap applies a multi-disciplinary, community-based approach to her research and developmental work.  She has worked on issues related to violence prevention locally, nationally and internationally.  Her current efforts focus on gangs and youth development in multi-cultural settings, criminal justice and prison reform, and the dilemmas faced by individuals reentering society after incarceration, including women, a group often overlooked.

Dr. Leap has authored numerous reports, articles, and book chapters as well as her most recent book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Love, Drugs and Redemption published by Beacon Press in 2012.  Dr. Leap is currently completing her next two books: Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Most Troubled Communities to be published by Beacon Press in May 2015 and Gangs: Voices from the Streets to be published by Oxford University Press in late 2015.


Professor Chris Uggen

Professor, University of Minnesota

Chris Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, firm in the belief that good science can light the way to a more just and peaceful world. Chris’ work appears in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, and Law & Society Review and has featured in the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. His research, teaching and consultancy interests include punishment and reentry, citizenship, substance use, discrimination, and health inequalities. His outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine (from 2007-2011) and The Society Pages (with Doug Hartmann) and Public Criminologies (with Michelle Inderbitzin) as well as a book series and multimedia social science hub drawing over one million readers per month. His work has been supported by NSF, NIJ, NICHD, NIMH, RWJF, JEHT, and OSI; awards include Young Scholar (ISC 1998; ASC 2000); Faculty Mentor (1998, 2011, 2014);  New York Times Magazine Ideas of the Year (2003); Outstanding Service (ASA 2011; Department 2009; TRIO 2007), Equal Justice (CCJ 2011), and ASC Fellow (2013).

Dr Jari Kuosmanen

Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg

Jari Kuosmanen’s research interests include democracy, organizational and leadership issues, mainly based on studies of social enterprises;
studies of gender, mainly based on masculinity and intersectional perspectives; prostitution research, both heterosexual and homosexual prostitution and studies of persons with intellectual disabilities in prostitution and prostitution-like context.

Daniel Hutt

Head of Policy, User Voice

Daniel is Head of Policy at User Voice, having worked with its founder Mark Johnson from the beginning to set up the charity. User Voice is unique because its work is led and delivered by ex-offenders. We exist to reduce offending by working with the most marginalised people in and around the criminal justice system to ensure that practitioners and policy-makers hear their voices. User Voice is well placed to gain the trust of and access to people involved in crime or who have direct experience of the criminal justice system as offenders and prisoners. Our work aims to deliver a powerful rehabilitation experience for offenders, better criminal justice services and institutions, and more effective policy.

Professor Carlo Alberto Romano

Professor, University of Brescia

Carlo Alberto Romano is professor of criminology and penitentiary criminology at the University of law, Brescia. His main research interests concern the prison system, the rights of prisoners,  alternative sanctions,  restorative justice and  juvenile justice. He has developed many projects that focus on these topics and has been the supervisor for projects implemented by local and national agencies that work in the field of the enforcement of the sanctions. Carlo is the president of the Associazione Carcere e Territorio (ACT) Onlus of Brescia which works for the prisoners’resettlement through the development of more than 20 different projects on the Italian soil. More info about the work and partners of ACT can be found on www.act-bs.it.

Dr Sarah Armstrong

Senior Research Fellow, SCCJR, University of Glasgow

Sarah Armstrong is Senior Research Fellow based at Glasgow University. Her research interests revolve around prisons and punishment: policy processes that shape and sustain them; language practices that inform and construct them; market and governance forces that expand and contain them. She had an ESRC small grant (September 2008 – September 2010) to conduct an ethnography of penal policy and runs the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice module ‘Crime, Media and Popular Culture’.

Anita Dockley

Research Director, The Howard League for Penal Reform

Anita Dockley has worked with the Howard League for Penal Reform in a variety of posts since 1991.  She is currently its research director where she is responsible for developing the charity’s research capacity, forging links with academics and universities, funders and partner organisations. Her own research interests include expansion of the penal system, suicide and self-harm in prisons, women in prison and order and control in the prison environment.  She was a member of the law sub panel in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment. She is the managing editor of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

Anita is also a member of the Research Advisory/Stakeholder Advisory groups for the following research projects: University of Lancaster – End of life care in prison; University of Bradford – Diversity in three Yorkshire prisons and University of Sheffield – Digital Panoptican: lessons from historic Old Bailey records.

Anita has published in numerous academic, professional and popular journals and magazines on issues ranging from the implications of the Woodcock and Learmont reports on security for prisoners (the Howard Journal based on un-examined PhD thesis) to the treatment of mothers and babies in prison (Midwifery magazine) and repetitive self-harm among women in prison (Prison Service Journal).  In her early career at the Howard League she authored many the charity’s reports including Voice of a Child (1993); Life in the Shadows: Women lifers (1999); and, Suicide and self-harm prevention: repetitive self-harm among women and girls in prison (2001). 

Edited, with Professor Ian Loader, Penal Landscapes: The Howard League Guide to Criminal Justice in England and Wales (2013, Routledge)

Forthcoming with Dr Julie Trebilcock, chapter entitled:  A very high price to pay, in Women and Criminal Justice: from the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation, edited by John Deering, Jo Brayford and Jill Annison



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