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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

looking at IPP prisoner family members and their efforts to campaign for reform.

Dear Katherine,

It was good to see you at the Howard League/LSE event about Parole last week.

As I mentioned to you, I am currently doing a small pilot project with Dr Rachel Condry (Oxford University)  We can’t promise that anything will necessarily change as a result of this research. But there is currently a lack of academic research about IPP family members, so our work may help to keep the IPP on the agenda. Please see the attached information sheet, which provides a bit more information about the research.

Would you be willing to speak with us about your own experiences? I am not sure where exactly you are based, but we are happy to travel to meet with you face-to-face if possible. We should be available to meet face-to-face on the following dates: 4 July (afternoon), 21 July, 28 July or 31 July. If those do not work for you, we could look to speak on the phone instead, if that would be okay with you.

Hope to hear from you soon. If you’d prefer to speak rather than email, perhaps you can send me your number and I can give you a call.

Best wishes,

Dr Harry Annison
Co-Director Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)
Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology
School of Law
University of Southampton

In formation Sheet for families of IPP prisoners 


Researchers: Harry Annison and Rachel Condry Ethics number: 28613 You are being invited to take part in a short interview as part of a research study on the experiences of IPP prisoner family members. 

This information sheet will briefly set out the purpose of the study and what it will involve. The Purpose and value of the project This research intends to understand better the experiences of family members of indeterminately-sentenced Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners. 
The study will be small scale and will include interviews with IPP prisoners’ family members and with experts, online research, and an online survey. Your participation will contribute to an enhanced understanding of the impact of the IPP policy process on family members and their role in trying to bring about change. 

The researchers are Harry Annison from the University of Southampton and Rachel Condry from the University of Oxford. Harry has conducted previous research on the IPP policy process and Rachel Condry has previously researched the families of prisoners. 
The project has been approved by the University of Southampton Ethics Committee. Confidentiality and Anonymity 
• With your consent, the interview will be tape-recorded and then transcribed. 
• Your anonymity is assured – identifying information will be removed from any quotes before we use them in publications. 
• Identifying information collected during the course of the research will be accessible only by the two researchers (Harry and Rachel) and the person that transcribes the interviews. 

What will happen to the results of the research? The findings will form the basis of academic publications and may also be shared more widely in the form of conference papers or publications for people that work in the policy field or with families. For further information, or to discuss any concerns, please contact Harry Annison or Rachel Condry .

Dr Harry Annison LLB (Soton), MSc, DPhil (Oxon)Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology, Co-Director for the Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)

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Dr Harry Annison is a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at Southampton Law School. His research currently focuses upon penal policymaking, and indeterminate sentencing.
LLB (Soton) 2006; MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Oxon) 2009; DPhil Criminology (Oxon) 2013.
Harry is Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology, and Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Criminology in Michaelmas 2016.
His research primarily centres upon penal policymaking, analysing the beliefs and practices that underpin criminal justice policy. He also has a keen interest in indeterminate sentencing , and the theoretical and practical issues raised therein. His first monograph Dangerous Politics was published by Oxford University Press in October 2015. His work has been published in leading journals including Theoretical Criminology and The Journal of Law and Society.
Dr Annison has also conducted research on criminal justice practice, serving as co-investigator on a project researching Integrated Offender Management (IOM) for Thames Valley Police and Thames Valley Probation. He has also collaborated with the Howard League for Penal Reform on its ‘What is Justice?’ symposium, acting as consultant for the ‘One Idea for Change’ and ‘Ideas for Justice’ initiatives.
Harry welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral applicants in his fields of interest.



Sent: Fri, 7 Jul 2017
Subject: Re: Prison reform - national debate - update
Hi, Katherine
Just a quick update between shots at Wimbledon...
I've been planning this national debate on prison reform since the back end of last year and started out looking for support for the initiative. Having failed to attract the 'usual suspects' of organisations in this field, I've reverted to seeking 30 keen individuals with interest in the debate for whatever reason. I am now pleased to announce that that target has been reached this week - and so the debate will now go ahead. My very grateful thanks go to Prison Storm on Twitter as the vast majority of the 30 have come via that source.
I now have some work to do to get things set up and then I'll be in touch again in the next few days to explain the next stage in the process.
In the meantime I thank you for your support thus far.

Jez A real sad case. One has to ask whether there was really the need to send him to prison in the first place. His sentence was short, he was on drugs making him vulnerable. What he needed was help. He didn't need to be put in a toxic oppressive environment which left him trapped alone behind a door with only the company of a mind altering drug. Yet another victim of this governments justice policies. Really sad
inmates are not safe in prison!

something needs to be done urgently .

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