Guest lecture by Dr Ruth Mann

Can prisons reduce reoffending?

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This lecture will explore the nature and limitations of reoffending, and will briefly summarise the evidence for the impact of imprisonment. The disciplines of psychology and criminology can inform correctional policy if they are able to offer evidence to suggest that prisons could reduce reoffending, and if so, how?

  • From: Wednesday 16 April 2014, 5.45 pm
  • To: Wednesday 16 April 2014, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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The Division of Psychology at NTU is delighted to host a guest lecture by Dr Ruth Mann asking 'Can prisons reduce reoffending?'

Public rhetoric affirms that prisons are here to stay, and that they should make a difference to crime rates, through rehabilitation as well as incapacitation. There is also a strongly-held common-sense belief that prison should work as a deterrent, and so tougher prison conditions should have more of an impact on offending. But does imprisonment reduce reoffending?

This lecture will explore the nature and limitations of reoffending figures, and will briefly summarise the evidence for the impact of imprisonment. The disciplines of psychology and criminology can inform correctional policy if they are able to offer evidence to suggest that prisons could reduce reoffending, and if so, how?

The lecture will look at the evidence for how prisons can become more rehabilitative through paying attention to prison culture, prison leadership, and prison-based rehabilitation programmes. The challenge of rehabilitative imprisonment will be illustrated with examples from evaluations of interventions and innovations in prisons in England and Wales.

About Dr Ruth Mann

The lecture will be delivered by Dr Ruth Mann, a chartered and registered forensic psychologist employed by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) where she is the Head of Evidence for the NOMS Commissioning Strategies Group.

In this role she monitors and translates the research literature to inform evidence-based commissioning, and conducts and manages research projects designed to develop the evidence base. Her current research interests particularly concern the evaluation of prison-based rehabilitation initiatives.

Previously Ruth managed the NOMS national strategy for the assessment and treatment of sexual offending, including the development, implementation, support and evaluation of sex offending treatment programmes in prison and probation.

Ruth began her career as a prison psychologist working in a high security prison. She then worked as a Sex Offending Treatment Programme Treatment Manager and Head of Psychology in a large London prison, before moving to HM Prison Service Headquarters (now NOMS).

Ruth has a BA in psychology, an MSc in Applied Criminological Psychology from the University of London, and a PhD from the University of Leicester. She has published and lectured extensively on the rehabilitation of people convicted of crime, particularly the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. In 2010, Ruth received the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology senior award for her contribution to forensic psychology in the UK.

Programme

  • 5.45 pm: Registration
  • 6 pm: Welcome and introduction
  • 6.15 pm: Guest Speaker: Dr Ruth Mann
  • 6.45 pm: Question and answer session
  • 7 pm: Post lecture drinks reception and canapés

Booking information

This event is free to attend but places are limited so booking is recommended.

You can book online. Alternatively you may contact us by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Tickets are not issued for this event, however a confirmation email will be sent approximately one week prior to the lecture date

Location details

Room/Building:

Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Travel Info:

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