Helen Mills

Helen Mills is a Senior Associate at the Centre. Helen’s work here began in 2008 researching the impact of community sentences (then newly reformed) from which she developed a series of funded publications about strategies to reduce prison numbers and why, despite decades of committed work, there has been apparently very little progress in challenging the expansion of prisons.

Helen’s expertise as a qualitative researcher has delivered a substantial body of work at the Centre, including single authored research publications. She has also led research collaborations with academics and other charities, and conducted a programme of work bringing to light meaningful data about criminal justice expenditure and expansion. 

Current projects include Justice Matters and Justice Matters for Women and an EU Commission funded project on alternatives to custody in Europe. Interests include research which confronts widely held assumptions about criminal justice (its purpose, and how we can understand its growth), stigmatised groups, and qualitative approaches. If you are interested in future collaborations in these areas, Helen can be contacted at helen.mills@crimeandjustice.org.uk.

Previously Helen held research positions at Barnardo’s and Victim Support.

Helen


Latest comment pieces by Helen

Articles by Helen: 

Mills, H. (2014) Violence against women: Looking beyond the criminal justice system, The Barrister, Issue 60. pp24-25  

Mills, H. (2012) “Further prison growth is a medium anticipated scenario”  Blog: UK JPR website, 26/10/12“Further prison growth is a medium anticipated scenario”  

Mills, H. (2012) UK Justice Policy Review: a new resource about criminal justice in the UK, CJM, Vol 90, No. 1

Mills, H. (2012) Difficult choices, Inside Housing, 16/03/12

Mills, H. (2012) A life sentence really? The resettlement of ex-prisoners with convictions for sexual offences, CJM, Vol 87, No. 1

Mills, H., and Roberts, R. (2011) Is penal reform working? Community sentences and reform sector strategies, CJM, Vol 84, No. 1

Mills, H. (2011) The alternative to custody myth, CJM, Vol 83, No. 1

Mills, H. (2010) Community sentences: the way forward for penal reform, The Guardian, 8/11/10

Mills, H. (2010) Policy, purpose and pragmatism: Dilemmas for voluntary and community organisations working with black young people affected by crime, CJM, Vol 79, No. 1

Mills, H. (2011) An unsurprising disappointment. The community sentence and suspended sentence order, CJM, Vol 77, No 1 

Helen’s publications include:

Garside, R., Silvestri, A., and Mills, H. (2014) UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 3, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London

Garside, R., and Mills, H. (2012) UK Justice Policy Review: Volume 1, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London

Mills, H., and Grimshaw, R. (2012) A life sentence really? The resettlement of ex-prisoners with a conviction for a sexual offence, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London

 Mills, H., and Roberts, R. (2011)  Reducing the numbers in custody: looking beyond criminal justice solutions, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London

Mills, H. (2011)  Community sentences: a solution to penal excess?, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London 

Mills, H., Silvestri, A. , and Grimshaw, R., with Siberhorn-Armantrading, F. (2010)    Prison and probation expenditure, 1999-2009, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London 

Mills, H., Silvestri, A., and  Grimshaw, R.   (2010) Police expenditure 1999-2009, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London 

Mills, H. (2009)   Policy, purpose and pragmatism: dilemmas for voluntary and community organisations working with black young people affected by crime, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London 

Mair, G., and Mills, H. (2009)  The Community Order and the Suspended Sentence Order Three Years On: The views and experiences of probation officers and offenders, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London  

 

 

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