Prison Service Journal

The Prison Service Journal is a peer reviewed journal published by HM Prison Service of England and Wales. Its purpose is to promote discussion on issues related to the work of the Prison Service, the wider criminal justice system and associated fields. It aims to present reliable information and a range of views about these issues.

It is hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies following the re-structure of the Prison Service and the loss of the Prison Service website.

Any queries regarding the PSJ, back issues or editorial articles for forthcoming issues should be sent to The postal address for contact is:

Prison Service Journal
c/o Print Shop Manager
HMP Leyhill
GL12 8HL

This issue includes the following articles:

  • 'Autonomy and exclusion among Danish prisoners in education' by  Anita Holm Riis, University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • 'Within these Walls: Reflections of women in and after prison. An insight into the... Read more

This issue is a special edition, focusing on: The Arts in Prison.

Articles include: 

  • 'Unlocking talent at HMP Leicester' by Kate Herrity, University of Leicester; Simon Bland, resettlement caseworker; Ralph Lubkowski, Governor at HMP Stafford; and... Read more

This issue includes the following articles:

  • 'Family Matters. A critical examination of family visits for imprisoned mothers and their families' by Dr Natalie Booth, De Montfort University.
  • 'A qualitative study of imprisoned fathers: Separation and the impact on... Read more

This special edition focuses on 50 years of the Parole System. Articles include:

  • 'Our Parole Hearing' by Anisha Gadhia and William Aslan 
  • 'Decisions, decisions, decisions: reflections on 50 years of parole' by Dr Roy D King
  • 'Parole – 50 Years and... Read more

The Prison Service Journal has a long-standing partnership with the Perrie Lectures and each year articles are published based upon a theme, this year it was, ‘Tackling Segregation: Can any good come of isolation?’ with the following articles:

This issue has a focus on rehabilitative cultures and includes the following articles:

  • 'What is a rehabilitative prison culture?' by Dr Ruth Mann, Flora Fitzalan Howard and Jenny Tew.
  • 'Diversity and vulnerability in Prisons in the context of the... Read more

This issue includes the following articles:

  • 'Suffering in Silence: The unmet needs of d/Deaf prisoners' by Dr Laura Kelly
  • 'The illicit economy in prisons: A new measure of biddability (BIDSCALE) to predict involvement in prison illicit economy and its... Read more

Articles included in this issue:

  • 'Encouragement, Discouragement and Connection: The Role of Relationships in Prison Education Experiences' by Dr Helen Nichols.
  • 'A Literature Review of Transgender People in Prison: An ‘invisible’ population in... Read more

The July issue has a special focus on the hidden diversity of prisons, past and present.

Articles include:

  • 'Learning to Fail? Prisoners with special educational needs', by Dr Alana Barton and Anita Hobson.
  • 'Disability and the Victorian Prison: Experiencing Penal Servitude', by Dr Helen Johnston... Read more

With a special focus on the future of prisons.

Articles include:

  • 'What is to be done: Thinking about abolitionist alternatives', by David Scott.
  • 'Prison planning and design: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future', by Yvonne Jewkes.
  • 'Can prisons contribute to social justice?... Read more