Historically, there has been a lack of sociological insight into the experiences of sexual offenders in prison. It has often been said that they reside at the bottom of the prisoner social hierarchy and as such are open targets for verbal and physical abuse from other prisoners. However, given that sexual offenders now comprise 16% of the entire prisoner population, it is time that academic attention is shifted towards them. This research also comes at a time where prison violence is on the rise amongst the general population but not sexual offenders. Therefore the aim of my doctoral research is to uncover the nature, extent and frequency of violence between imprisoned sexual offenders but also to examine the sociology of this specific sub-group of prisoners which have for too long been ignored.
Co-supervisor: Dr Kate Gooch (University of Leicester)