Tales from prison: reflections on a decade of offender research

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Briggs, Daniel 2011. Tales from prison: reflections on a decade of offender research. Safer Communities. 10 (4), pp. 31-35.
AuthorsBriggs, Daniel
Abstract

Purpose
In this short article, I make reflections from prison research studies I have undertaken over the last ten years.
Design/Methodology/Approach
Some reflections come from personal diaries while others are just lasting memories which made a significant impact on me as a young researcher.
Findings
The reflections highlight several important aspects of researching prisons: a) that people in prison may be quite selective about information they disclose if interviewed; b) that prisons, rather than prisoners, can act as significant barriers for researchers – operationally as well as institutionally; and c) this why the researcher should try to go beyond ‘the interview’ at all opportunities and look to engage as much as possible with interviewees – even if it means walking around the wing, playing pool with them or seeing their cells.
Originality/value
The short article will be useful for any researchers entering custody with the task of undertaking quick-fire research studies.

KeywordsPrisons; Offenders; Reflection
JournalSafer Communities
Journal citation10 (4), pp. 31-35
ISSN1757-8043
Year2011
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1612
Publication dates
Print2011
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Jun 2012
Additional information

Citation:
Briggs, D.(2011) “Tales from prison: reflections on a decade of offender research", Safer Communities, 10(4), pp. 31-35, DOI:10.1108/17578041111185695..

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