We are pleased to announce that Prison Society Executive Director, Claire Shubik-Richards has been awarded a year-long research appointment at The Cambridge Institute of Criminology Prisons Research Centre (PRC) in Cambridge, England. She will continue to lead the Society while engaging in this critical exchange.
The Prisons Research Centre (PRC) was founded in 2000, under the Directorship of Professor Alison Liebling and provides a research environment investigating how prisons operate, how they are experienced, and their effects, socially, morally and operationally.
“The Prison Research Centre is delighted to benefit from the experience and expertise of Claire Shubik-Richards and the Pennsylvania Prison Society. We see Claire's visit as a rich opportunity for learning across countries and deepening our collective understanding of prisons and prison reform.” - Dr. Bethany Schmidt, The Institute of Criminology Prisons Research Centre
Despite being distant geographically, the PRC and the Prison Society are close relatives, sharing common philosophical roots that can be traced back to John Howard, British scholar and founder of modern thinking about prison conditions. The founders of the Prison Society were deeply influenced by his humanitarian work in prisons and focus on safeguarding the physical and mental health of incarcerated individuals, a radical notion at the time.
This appointment will further strengthen the work of the Pennsylvania Prison Society by reconnecting us to the broader, international community of prison research. We are excited to further this partnership and learn from our sister organization.
“This appointment is a beneficial long term investment in the evolution of the Prison Society made possible through careful planning and a talented and committed team.” - David Davis, Prison Society Board of Directors