Total UK Female Prison Population


Total Amount Of Prison Staff UK


Cost Per Prisoner Per Year

Welcome To
British Convict Criminology

Striving for new ways of doing criminology and thinking critically about prisons with people who have been there

Critical perspectives that seek radical reform, or even abolition, of criminal justice systems.

Linking up with campaigns, organisations and activism around prisoner’s experiences, prisoner’s families and post-release issues.

Using first-hand experience of imprisonment to theorise and research criminal justice issues.

& Advocates



Total UK Male Prison Population

Dr Rod Earle

Senior lecturer, School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University

I have been involved in establishing Convict Criminology as a group of academics that helps people with first hand experience of criminal justice and penal sanctions to develop critical perspectives on criminology.

Michael Irwin

Author and Former Prisoner

BA (Hons) in Criminology and Psychological Studies from the Open University and an MSc in Criminology at Queens University Belfast

Dr Andy Aresti

Senior Lecturer Criminology at University of Westminster

I am a senior lecturer in criminology in the School of Social Sciences. My PhD research explored former male prisoners' experiences of self-change; focusing on 'what it is like to live with the ex-offender status' & how this is negotiated in everyday life

Dr Sacha Darke

Criminology lecturer, University of Westminster

Dr Sacha Darke graduated in Law from University of Southampton and studied for his PhD at University of Westminster. He is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at University of Westminster and Visiting Lecturer in Law at University of São Paulo. He is a founding member of British Convict Criminology.