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

July 2015 No: 220

This edition includes articles with a focus on youth imprisonment, the experience of state care, immigration detention and community punishment.

May 2015 No: 219

This edition of the Prison Service Journal is based around two broad themes: diversity and recognising the range of needs and experiences of prisoners as well as the profound issues of power and inequality that are indelible in prisons... Read more

March 2015 No: 218

A special edition focusing on working with people with personality disorder.

Articles include:

  • An assessment of the Offender Personality Disorder Strategy
  • ... Read more

January 2015 No: 217

This issue includes articles based on the 2014 Perrie Lectures, which took the title of 'Making sense of life sentences'.

The Perrie Lecture... Read more

November 2014 No: 216

Prisons can often feel like insular worlds with their own... Read more

September 2014 No: 215

The focus is on opening and closing of prisons.

July 2014 No.214.

Includes a focus on the prison and the public.

May 2014 No.213.

Includes a focus on improving services to prisoners to promote resettlement.

March 2014 No. 212.

Includes a focus on everyday prison governance in Africa.

January 2014 No. 211.

Includes a focus on contraction in an age of expansion.