Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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Chloe Hocking

ESRC DTC PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences



Chloe is a PhD student in the School of Law. She received a first class BA (Hons) degree in Law with American Law in 2014 from the University of Nottingham. As part of this, Chloe spent a year studying at the University of Texas, Austin where she obtained a distinction in American Law. She has recently completed an MA in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research at the University of Nottingham.

Research Summary

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Title: The Experiences of Autistic Individuals Detained in Police Custody

Research Summary - While there are no official statistics regarding the number of autistic individuals in the Criminal Justice System, evidence suggests that some autistic individuals will be detained in police custody as suspects. Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Code C and the Equality Act 2010, these individuals are entitled to support whilst in police custody.

Unfortunately, little is known about the actual experiences of autistic individuals in police custody, the difficulties they may experience and the kinds of support they may need to address these difficulties. Although there is some indication that the effectiveness of current legislation is limited, further research into the experiences of autistic individuals is needed to determine whether legislative reform is required.

This research explores the explores the experiences of autistic individuals who have previously been detained in police custody as suspects. It hopes to improve the understanding and awareness of the difficulties autistic individuals may experience and the ways they can be supported. Research Interests - Autism Spectrum Conditions; Criminal Justice; Disability; Police; Law; Qualitative research

Research Supervisors

Professor John Jackson -

Dr Nell Munro -

Dr Danielle Ropar -

Primary Funding Source - ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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