Below is a list of projects that members of the Criminal Justice Research Centre are involved in.
Dr Vicky Kemp, a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Law, and co-director of the Criminal Justice Research Centre, worked with Drs. Elvira Perez and Ben Bedwell, from Horizon Digital Economy Research, in developing a prototype Police Station App.
When conducting research into procedural safeguards for young suspects, Dr Vicky Kemp’s research helps to highlight the adult-centred approach adopted when dealing with people accused of having committed a crime, irrespective of their age.
When testing the prototype app with detainees it was evident from a number of issues raised that changes needed to be made to improve access to legal advice.
The British Academy/Leverhulme provided a small grant to fund a comparative study of police station legal advice in Belgium, England and Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
In 2016, as part of a programme to review and reform its Legal Advice Centre, the School of Law at the University of Manchester commissioned Dr Vicky Kemp to undertake a research study to investigate the potential for setting up a ‘teaching law firm’.
Dr Vicky Kemp was involved in a comparative study of procedural safeguards for young suspects interviewed by the police, led by the University of Maastricht.
This research project carried out by Prof Dirk Van Zyl Smit at the University of Nottingham School of Law explored different approaches to non-custodial sentences in European Law.
In the first study of its kind, the researchers will examine the imposition and implementation of life imprisonment around the world in order to be able to understand which crimes attract life sentences, how such sentences are implemented, and the conditions under which prisoners serve them.