Lancashire Law School
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Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing, Sociology, Law
Laura is a lecturer in Criminology at UCLan who specialises in prison studies. She works on modules across the undergraduate Criminology courses offered at UCLan, and is module leader for both of the prison modules delivered there. She was awarded her PhD for the thesis entitled ‘Silent Punishment: The experiences of d/Deaf prisoners’ in July 2017, and won the Prison Service Journal outstanding article of the year 2017 based on an article which outlines the findings from this. Laura facilitates a student/prisoner debating programme at HMP Kirkham, and has been involved in the delivery of a number of Criminal Justice related events at the University.
Laura is a lecturer in Criminology at UCLan who specialises in prison studies. She works on modules across the undergraduate Criminology courses offered at UCLan, and is module leader for both of the prison modules delivered there. She has completed a BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology, and an MA in Criminal Justice Studies both at the University of Leeds, achieving a distinction for her MA. In 2017 she was awarded her doctorate for the thesis entitled ‘Silent Punishment: The experiences of d/Deaf prisoners’. Her PhD findings formed the basis for a number of publications, including an article published in the Prison Service Journal for which she received the inaugural prize of outstanding article of the year 2017. This was voted for by the Journal’s Editorial Board, who commented:
“The editorial board of the Prison Service Journal is proud to announce that Dr Laura Kelly, Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Central Lancashire, has won the Prison Service Journal Prize for Outstanding Article 2017. Dr Kelly’s article ‘Suffering in Silence: The unmet needs of d/Deaf prisoners’ appeared in edition 234. The article is a sensitive and in depth study based upon interviews with d/Deaf prisoners in order to reveal their experiences and illuminate the often hidden harms they face. This research focuses on people who are often overlooked and whose needs are not clearly understood. “By giving voice to d/Deaf people in prison, Dr Kelly does much to build understanding, identify practical steps that might be taken to ameliorate the pains of imprisonment, and challenge the causes of cultural and social marginalisation. This article is a significant and important contribution that deserves to be read by those who are involved in prisons.”
Laura also runs an annual prisoner/student learning programme called Debating Differences, which involves final year Law and Criminology students and prisoners from HMP Kirkham, who come together to debate a number of issues in contemporary society. The purpose of this scheme is to break down barriers, to increase communication skills and confidence levels, and to teach participants how to put together arguments and participate in structured debates.
Laura has recently completed post-doctoral research with members of the Psychosocial research unit, exploring the impact of theatre based interventions with vulnerable groups such as prisoners and young offenders.
Kelly, L. (2017) ‘Suffering in Silence: The unmet needs of d/Deaf prisoners’, Prison Service Journal, November 2017, No 234; lead article [Winner of Prison Service Journal outstanding article of the year 2017]
Kelly, L. (2017) ‘Still not hearing us: d/Deafness in prison part 2’, Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, Issue 34, November 2017
Kelly, L. (2018) ‘Sounding out d/Deafness: The experiences of d/Deaf prisoners’, Journal of Criminal Psychology, 8 (1). pp. 20-32
Froggett, L. Manley, J Y. and Kelly, L. (2018) Creative Leadership and Forum Theatre: An evaluation report for Odd Arts. Project Report, Preston: University of Central Lancashire