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The Prisons group is a collaborative community, made up of individuals, groups, teams and networks, from a wide range of disciplines, working together to develop imaginative and innovative research, policy and practice in the fields of prison research.

Dr. Michelle Baybutt leads this strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership.

Michelle is a qualitative researcher who has utilised a variety of methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups, observation, photo-elicitation, questionnaires) and has a particular interest in prisons as a setting for fostering health and wellbeing.

She has worked in and with prisons for 20 years, the last 14 employed by UCLan, initially as NW Regional Healthy Prisons Co-ordinator, subsequently as Senior Research Fellow and Prisons Programme Lead. She has provided strong leadership to deliver and manage complex research and development programmes to all NW prisons with the full support of the Executive Director for Public Sector Prisons, This work has required her to work closely with prison senior management at national, regional and establishment levels, as well as working alongside prison project teams and prisoners.

Michelle is a member of the NW Programme Board for the Rehabilitative Culture of Prisons – chaired by the NW Deputy Director of Custody.

She has contributed to related international, national and regional groups: IUHPE Global Interest Group for Healthy Settings; National Children’s Bureau and Youth Justice Board for Healthy Secure Homes; Healthy Prisons Programme Board; North West Healthy Prisons Network (Chair); GOOP North (Chair); North West Prisons Programme Board (Decency); and WHO (Europe) Health in Prison Programme.

  • Arts in prisons
  • Communication and sound – deafness
  • Design of interior layout – improving environments
  • Desistance/Rehabilitation
  • Ethnicity and minority groups
  • Functional assessment
  • Healthy and sustainable food
  • Healthy settings/prisons
  • Horticulture and environmental activities
  • Intervention programmes
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Sex offenders
  • Substance misuse
  • The impact of family members who offend/are incarcerated
  • Trauma informed approaches
  • Violence
  • Whole system approaches

Devine-Wright, H., Baybutt, M., and Meek, R. (2019) Producing food in English and Welsh prisons. Appetite, 143 (104433). ISSN 0195-6663

Farrier, A., Baybutt, M., and Dooris, M. T, (2019) Mental Health and Wellbeing Benefits from a Prisons Horticultural Programme. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 15 (1). pp. 91-104. ISSN 1744-9200

Froggett, L., Kelly-Corless, L., and Manley, J. (2019) ‘Feeling real and rehearsal for reality: psychosocial aspects of ‘forum theatre’ in care settings and prisons’, Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 12 (1-2). pp. 23-39

Kelly-Corless, L. (2019) ‘Delving into the unknown: An experience of doing research with d/Deaf prisoners’, Qualitative enquiry [online]

Baybutt, M., Dooris, M. T., and Farrier, A. (2018) Growing Health in UK Prison Settings. Health Promotion International, 34 (4). pp. 792-802. ISSN 0957-4824

Kelly, L. (2018) ‘Sounding out d/Deafness: The experiences of d/Deaf prisoners’, Journal of Criminal Psychology, 8 (1). pp. 20-32

Dooris, M., Farrier, A. and Froggett, L. (2017) Wellbeing: The Challenge of ‘Operationalising’ a Holistic Concept within a Reductionist Public Health Programme. Perspectives in Public Health.

Baybutt, M and Chemlal, K. (2016) Health Promoting Prisons: theory to practice. Global Health Promotion.

Dixey, R., Baybutt, M. et al (2015) Health promoting prisons – an impossibility for women prisoners in Africa? Agenda

Baybutt, M., Acin, E., Hayton, P and Dooris, M (2014) Promoting health in prisons: a settings approach. Chapter in Prison health guide. WHO: Geneva.

Baybutt, M., Ritter, C and Stover, H (2014) Tobacco use in prison settings: a need for policy implementation. Chapter in Prison Health Guide. WHO: Geneva

Codd, H. (2013) Locked in and Locked Out: Global Feminist Perspectives on Women and Imprisonment. In: Global Criminology: Crime and Victimization in the Globalized Era. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 199-218.

Baybutt, M., Dooris, M and Farrier, A (2012) Target: Wellbeing. A process evaluation of the Pan Regional Prisons Programme: Health, Inclusion and Citizenship.

Baybutt, M. and Dooris, M (2011) Evaluation of Rochdale Offender Health Trainers Demonstration Project. Report of Findings. UCLan.

Codd, H. (2012)"Baby can I hold you?" Prisoners, Reproductive Choices and Family Life. Contemporary Issues in Law, 11(4), 227-248.

Codd, H. and Scott, D. (2010) Controversial Issues in Prisons. Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK.

Codd, H. (2008) In the Shadow of Prison: Families, Imprisonment and Criminal Justice. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK.

Hate Crime and Restorative Justice Conference - 16th October 2017

The Criminal Justice Partnership in partnership with UCLan Law School and Merseyside CRC held a Hate Crime and Restorative Justice Conference at the university, with over 70 delegates attending from a range of agencies.

Presentations were given by Dr. Kim McGuire (UCLan Law School) and Ian Hutchinson (Merseyside CRC) who discussed the implementation of an offender focused hate crime restorative justice programme called Dignity Plus.

Gary Stephenson (Restorative Solutions) highlighted the issues around hate crime referral rates and providing victims with an opportunity to ask questions about their victimisation. Helena Cryer and Phil Cawley, both from Lancashire Constabulary’s Restorative Justice Unit, outlined how restorative justice is being used more by Lancashire Constabulary, with responses to hate crime now adopting restorative justice processes when appropriate.

The occurrence of transsexual hate crime was raised by Steph Holmes, with Steph talking about the support group Chrysalis and how the trans community are also affected by hate crime. A key message from this talk was increasing the confidence of victims to come forward and report their experiences of hate crime. This message was reflected in Mel Close’s presentation (Disability Equality), which focused upon disability and hate crime and how disabled individuals are often reluctant to report incidents of hate because they are either unsure how or scared of getting people into trouble.

Throughout all talks, the underreporting of hate crime was a common theme, with speakers and delegates agreeing that more needs to be done to raise awareness of hate crime, how to report it and the potential benefits of restorative justice processes.

UCLan Distinguished Visitor Programme– 2nd and 3rd February 2017

As part of our Distinguished Visitor series Professor Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology in the School of Law, University of Manchester was invited to present a series of events by Professor Helen Codd; three public engagement events were held over the two days.

The first was a public lecture titled ‘A Conversation with Shadd Maruna’The “Rehabilitative Culture” Approach in British Prisons: Cheers and Fears Regarding a Hopeful New Development.Road from Crime. The second event was entitled This event was hosted at HMP Kirkham and had an audience of over 60 people. The focus of the talk centred upon rehabilitation and the difficulties of achieving this within prisons. The final event involved a showing of the documentary on desistance, with a panel and audience discussion following the screening. Again this was attended with a very diverse audience of people working in the criminal justice sector, students and academics.

Commenting on the visit Professor Maruna stated:

"I had a tremendous time at UCLan and HMP Kirkham. At all of the talks, I was particularly impressed with the great mix of participants from across several universities, three or more area prisons, youth offending teams, probation, and well beyond. The various presentations – especially the “Road from Crime” documentary – really seemed to generate some important discussions across these different groups. I probably left learning more than the other attendees. I also left really impressed at the cross-disciplinary partnerships developing at UCLan and the rehabilitative culture being created at Kirkham. I certainly plan on keeping up some of the connections I made."

Innovations in Restorative Justice: Emerging Conversations – one-day symposium, June 2015

UCLan held an event with over 100 practitioners and academics from a range of sectors including the police, probation and youth justice. The event provided an opportunity to:

  • Understand and discuss the latest research on restorative justice and its effectiveness.
  • Hear about success stories and innovations in the field.
  • Engage in conversations with academic experts and practitioners on ways forward for restorative justice.
  • Community Based Interventions for Women in the Criminal Justice System – Improving Outcomes, 14th October 2016

This event was attended by over 60 delegates and Jenny Earle from Prison Reform Trust was the keynote speaker.

The conference organised by UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership and Lancashire Women's Centres provided an opportunity for delegates to:

  • Learn from key policy makers about current priorities for services for women.
  • Engage with academics, key agencies, partners and service users in discussions on future directions.
  • Hear about Lancashire Women's Centres practice and the findings from UCLan's evaluation of Lancashire Women's Centres’ interventions for women.

23rd November 2016 Public seminar on Restorative Justice Stories: insights into victims' and offenders' experiences presented by Phil Cawley Restorative Justice Manager, Lancashire Constabulary

  • Michelle Baybutt
  • Alan Farrier
  • Amy Newton
  • Flo Seymour
  • Helen Codd
  • Kim McGuire
  • Laura Kelly
  • Mark Dooris
  • Nicola Graham-Kevan
  • Noreen Caswell
  • Steve Brindle

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