Marie Hutton obtained a first class LLB honours' degree from Middlesex University in 2007. She then went on to work as a Measuring the Quality of Prison Life research assistant for the National Offender Management Service. Currently Marie is writing up her PhD entitled ‘A Case for Change?: Family Contact in Prisons and Article 8’ conducted under the supervision of Professor Alison Liebling at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge . The research is socio-legal and aims to elicit knowledge as to how the right to a private and family life, under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, is understood and operates in practice. Adopting a combined ethnographic and phenomenological methodology, Marie spent 9 months in two local male category B/C prisons observing each stage of the visiting process and undertook semi-structured interviews with prisoners, their visitors and visits staff.
Marie is a post-doctoral research fellow on the ‘Breaking the Cycle: Prison Visitation and Recidivism in the UK’ project. This ESRC funded research project is led by carceral geographer Dominique Moran and forensic psychologist Louise Dixon (both University of Birmingham, UK). This three year interdisciplinary project will provide a new perspective on prison visitation and its relationship to the highly topical issue of recidivism. Macro-level statistical analysis in parallel with innovative mixed-methods research into visiting facilities will identify the nature of this relationship and its socio-spatial context, informing policy towards visitation and the design of visiting spaces.
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