Links to articles and books on prison life and the impact of imprisonment written by members of the working group.

If you would like your work to be included here, please choose up to five publications that are the most recent and representative of your work and edit the references to match the format used below. Links to full lists of publications can be included on the members page. Publications that are available online (publicly or with restricted access) are preferred.  For articles that are not in English, please provide an English translation of the title and abstract.   Email suggested resources to Isla Masson.



In press

Tomczak, P. (in press) The Voluntary Sector and the Mandatory Statutory Supervision Requirement- Expanding the Carceral Net. British Journal of Criminology. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv091.

Tomczak, P. (in press) The Penal Voluntary Sector. Oxford: Routledge.



Bosma, A., Kunst, M., Reef, J., Dirkzwager, A.J.E. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2016). Prison-based rehabilitation: Predictors of offender treatment participation and treatment completion. Crime & Delinquency.

Nugent, B. & Schinkel, M. (2016) The pains of desistance. Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Schnittker, J., & Baćak, V. (2016) Orange is still pink: Mental illness, gender roles, and physical victimization in prisons. Society and Mental Health. 6(1), 21-35.

Tomczak, P. and Albertson, K. (2016). Prisoner Relationships With Voluntary Sector PractitionersThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1111/hojo.12164 10.1093/bjc/azv091.

Váně, J. and Dirga, L. (2016) The Religiosity Behind Bars: Forms of Inmate’s Religiosity in the Czech Prison System. Slovak Sociological Review. 48 (6): 641-663.


Baćak, V., &  Kennedy, E (2015). Marginal structural models: An application to incarceration and marriage during young adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family 77(1):112-125.

Baćak, V., & Wildeman, C. (2015) An empirical assessment of the “healthy prisoner hypothesis”. Social Science & Medicine. 138:187-191.

Beijersbergen, K.A., Dirkzwager, A.J.E., Eichelsheim, V.I., van der Laan, P.H. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2015) Procedural justice, anger, and prisoners’ misconduct: A longitudinal study. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42(2), 196-218.

Dirga, L., Lochmannová A. &Juříček, P. (2015) The Structure of the Inmate Population in Czech Prisons. Sociologia, 47(6), 559-578.

Eichelsheim, V., Nieuwbeerta, P., Dirkzwager, A.J.E., Reef, J. & de Cuyper, R. (2015) Predicting individual differences in criminal attitudes from offender characteristics: A study among Dutch prisoners. Psychology, Crime & Law, 21(6), 531-550.

Molleman, T. & van Ginneken, E. (2015)  A Multilevel Analysis of the Relationship Between Cell Sharing, Staff–Prisoner Relationships, and Prisoners’ Perceptions of Prison Quality. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59(10), 1029-1046.

Schinkel, M. (2015) Hook for change or shaky peg? Imprisonment, narratives and desistance. European Journal of Probation, 7(1), pp. 5-20.

Schinkel, M. (2015) Adaptation, the meaning of imprisonment and outcomes after release: The impact of the prison regime. Prison Service Journal, 219, pp. 24-29.



Beijersbergen, K.A., Dirkzwager, A.J.E., van der Laan, P.H. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2014) A social building? Prison architecture and staff–prisoner relationships.  Crime & Delinquency.

Crewe, B., Warr, J., Bennett, P. and Smith, A. (2014) The emotional geography of prison life. Theoretical Criminology, 18(1), 56-74.

Gonçalves, L.C., Gonçalves, R.A., Martins, C. & Dirkzwager, A.J.E. (2014) Predicting infractions and health care utilization in prison: A meta-analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior, DOI: 10.1177/0093854814524402.

Minke, K. L. (2014) A Study of Prisonization among Danish Prisoners, Prison Service Journal, No. 211, pp. 37-42.

Molleman, T. & van der Broek, T.C. (2014) Understanding the links between perceived prison conditions and prison staff. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 42(1), 33-53.

Ramakers, A.A.T., Apel, R., Nieuwbeerta, P., Dirkzwager, A.J.E. & Wilsem, J.A., van (2014) Imprisonment length and post-prison employment prospects in the Netherlands. Criminology, 52(3), 399-427.

Ramakers, A.A.T., Wilsem, J.A., van, Nieuwbeerta, P. & Dirkzwager, A.J.E. (2014) Down before they go in? Pre-prison labor market attachment in the Netherlands. European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10610-014-9234-x.

Schinkel, M. (2014) Punishment as moral communication: The experiences of long-term prisoners. Punishment and Society, 16(5), 578-597.

Tomczak, P. (2014) The penal voluntary sector in England and Wales- Beyond neoliberalism? Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(4): 470-486.

Ugelvik, T. (2014) Paternal Pains of Imprisonment: Incarcerated Fathers, Ethnic Minority
Masculinity and Resistance Narratives. Punishment and Society, 16(2), 152-168.

Ugelvik, T. (2014) Prison Ethnography as Lived Experience: Notes from the Diaries of a
Beginner Let Loose in Oslo Prison. Qualitative Inquiry, 20(4), 471-480.

Wößner, G. & Schwedler, A. (2014) Correctional treatment of sexual and violent offenders: therapeutic change, prison climate, and recidivism. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(7), 862-879.



Beijersbergen K.A., Dirkzwager, A.J.E., Eichelsheim, V.I., Laan, P.H. van der & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013) Procedural justice and prisoners’ mental health problems: A longitudinal study. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, DOI: 10.1002/cbm.1881.

Cliquennois, G. (2013) Which penology for decision making in French Prisons? Punishment and Society, 15 (5), 468-487.

Cliquennois, G., Champetier, B. (2013) A new risk management for prisoners in France. The emergence of a death avoidance approach. Theoretical Criminology, 17(3), 397-415.

Cuyper, R. de, Dirkzwager A.J.E., Volker, B., Laan, P.H. van der & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013) Personal networks of prisoners prior to incarceration: a comparison with the general Dutch population. Social Science Research, 42, 1612-1621.

Drenkhahn, K. (2013) Secure preventive detention in Germany: Incapacitation or treatment intervention? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 31, pp. 312-327.

Drenkhahn, K. (2013) The Federal Constitutional Court and the German concept of preventive detention. The Art of Crime, issue 5.

Kruttschnitt, C., Dirkzwager, A. and Kennedy, L. (2013) Strangers in a strange land: coping with imprisonment as a racial or ethnic foreign national inmate. The British Journal of Sociology, 64, 478–500.

Lamet, W., Dirkzwager, A.J.E., Denkers, A. & Laan, P.H. van der. (2013) Associating social bonds of probationers with supervision failure. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40(7): 784-801.

Molleman T. & van der Heijden, P. G. M. (2013) A Method to Deal with Dissimilar Circumstances of Public Organizations in Performance Comparisons: Evidence from Dutch Prisons. Public Administration Research, 2(2), 1-14.

Schnittker, J., & Baćak, V. (2013) A mark of disgrace or a badge of honor? Subjective status among former inmates. Social Problems 60(2):234-254.


Décarpes, P. (2012) What works (?)’: study on the quality and effectiveness of imprisonment, In: Balica, E. and Décarpes, P. (Eds.) Violence and crime in Europe. Social interventions and research methods, Editions Ars Docendi, University of Bucharest, pp. 141-150.

Décarpes, P. (2012) Juvenile criminal justice and imprisonment. A new French model? , Social Work Review, XI, 3/2012, 125-134.

Dirkzwager, A., & Kruttschnitt, C. (2012) Prisoners’ perceptions of correctional officers’ behavior in English and Dutch prisons. Journal of Criminal Justice, 40, 404-412.

Molleman, T. & Leeuw, F.L. (2012) The Influence of Prison Staff on Inmate Conditions: A Multilevel Approach to Staff and Inmate Surveys. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 18(2), 217-233.

Ugelvik, T. (2012) Prisoners and Their Victims: Techniques of Neutralization, Techniques
of the Self. Ethnography, 13 (3), 259-277.



Crewe, B. (2011) Depth, weight, tightness: Revisiting the pains of imprisonment, Punishment & Society, 13(5), 509-529.

Crewe, B., Liebling, A., and Hulley, S. (2011) Staff Culture, Use of Authority and Prisoner Quality of Life in Public and Private Sector Prisons, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 44(1): 94-115.

Dudeck, M., Drenkhahn, K., Spitzer, C., Barnow, S., Kopp, D., Kuwert, P., Freyberger, H. J., Dünkel, F. (2011) Traumatization and mental distress in long-term prisoners in Europe. Punishment & Society 13, 403-423.

Minke, K. Linda (2011) The Effects of Mixing Offenders with Non- Offenders: Findings from a Danish Quasi Experiment, Scandinavian Journal of Criminology and Crime Prevention, Vol. 12, No. 1 pp.  80-99.

Shalev, S. & Lloyd, M. (2011) Though this be method, yet there is madness in’t: Commentary on ‘A one year longitudinal study of the psychological effects of administrative segregation’. Corrections & Mental Health. Available online at

Shalev, S. (2011) Solitary confinement and supermax prisons : A Human Rights and Ethical Analysis. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice Volume 11(2) pp 151-183

Ugelvik, T. (2011) The Hidden Food: Mealtime Resistance and Identity Work in a Norwegian
Prison. Punishment and Society, 13 (1), 47-63.



Wößner, G. (2010) Classifying sexual offenders: An empirical model for generating type-specific approaches to intervention. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 54(3), 327-345.