Our ideas of criminality and justice permeate, and reflect, the societies we live in, and (re)produce systems and structures that are a cause and consequence of harm and inequalities. Criminal justice systems now operate in contexts of: persistent austerity; increasing social awareness of structural inequalities; and polarised positions that often individualise or contextualise crime and criminality.
Researchers in the Criminal Justice, Social Harm and Inequalities Research Group shine a light on the lives and communities ruptured by criminal justice systems, and critically examine the structures, cultures and processes that facilitate or mitigate this impact by:
This body of work is evidencing alternative imaginings of criminality, justice, and what a criminal justice system can and should do; with the aim of reducing social harm and inequalities that have been aggravated and created by experiences of criminalisation.
Professor Carlene Firmin, Professor of Social Work
Dr Donna Marie-Brown, Associate Professor
Group Members (and core interests):
Donna Marie Brown
Postgraduate researcher Jack Simmonds discusses his research into the lived experience of young LGBTQ+ people in Manchester and their experiences with the police.