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Criminal Justice Research Group

The Criminal Justice Research Group

Nationally recognised expertise in probation, policing, applied criminology and community and criminal justice

Community Criminal Justice


The Criminal Justice Research Group includes staff with nationally recognised expertise in probation, policing, applied criminology and community and criminal justice.

Research and teaching interests include the work of the criminal justice system in general and more specifically penal policy and practice, especially probation and policing. The group is also concerned with community justice, community engagement in crime and justice, crime reduction, police and policing and the contribution of criminal justice to public protection. We have expertise in the following areas:

  • Probation and Work with Offenders
  • Prisons
  • Resettlement
  • Desistance
  • Risk and Dangerous Offenders
  • Young People and Crime
  • Offender Education
  • International Policy Transfer
  • Religion, Faith and Crime
  • Participative methodologies
  • Diversity and Crime
  • Applied Criminology
  • Mental Health and Justice
  • Victims of Crime
  • Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence

The Division has a high national standing and has developed an international profile, with significant research work on probation in Europe.

We also have a specialist research groups and clusters:

Here is a video which captures our portfolio of research:


Substantial research contracts have been awarded to investigate a broad range of CCJ topics - for example, the assessment and management of risk, probation curriculum development and offender learning.

The unit also receives research funding from Research Councils, national and local government departments, youth offending teams, national and local charities and a range of other sources. here are some of our funders:

  • Economic & Social Research Council
  • European Union
  • Leverhulme
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • City & Guilds
  • Children & Young People’s Unit
  • Leicestershire Police
  • Leicestershire Connexions
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Leicester City Council
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Leicestershire Youth Offending Service
  • Big Lottery

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Criminal Justice Research Group

Led by: Dr Victoria Knight

Co-lead by Dr Christina Quinlan