Sunley Prize winners
The John Sunley Prize: winners and shortisted entries
Sunley Prize 2016
John Sunley Prize winners 2016
At the Howard League’s AGM the John Sunley Prize winners were announced. From a strong shortlist of 10 entries the competition panel consisting of academics from the Howard League’s Research Advisory Group identified the following winners:
- Victor Chu, University of Cambridge, Greying Behind Bars: The Older Male Offender’s Experience of Prison Life and Preparations for Resettlement
This is a single-site qualitative study of older male prisoners in an open prison. It found that the experience of imprisonment for older males is extremely complex and that despite enduring exacerbated prison pains on account of their age, many prisoners survived their sentence, utilising innovative coping strategies. The dissertation also found that while older prisoners were generally positive about the future, many found themselves unprepared for resettlement, in terms of accommodation and employment prospects upon release. Finally, the dissertation made findings on the segregation/integration debate, arguing that a strong case exists for older prisoner units..
- Martha Morey, University of Cambridge, Men at work: The construction of masculine identities through work in prison
This study investigates male prisoner experiences of and attitudes towards different forms of prison work. By questioning why
and what types of work prisoners deem ‘good’ and ‘bad’. A typology of prisoner work masculinities is developed to explain why prisoners might develop contrasting masculinities and attitudes towards work generally and prison work specifically, and how these attitudes shape experiences of incarceration.
- Anna Norton, Manchester Metropolitan University, ‘Spicing up the Subject’ – The recorded experiences of offenders and prison staff on the subject: New Psychoactive Substance use in a North West Prison
A qualitative study drawing on interviews with staff and prisoners to look at the prevalence, impact and response to new psychoactive substances in one prison.
As the field was so strong two other entries were highly commended:
- David Cross, University of Strathclyde, What value can a human rights approach to supervising offenders in the community add to effectiveness in supporting desistance from crime?
- Isotta Rossoni, University of Oxford, Campsfield 29.11.2014: questioning the legitimacy of immigration detention – views from the voluntary sector
The prizes were presented by Mrs Anabel Knight, Chairman of the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.
Sunley Prize 2015
The presentations were made by John Rimington, Director of the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation at the Howard League AGM on 4 November 2015.
- Magdalena Tomaszewska, University of Surrey, Alien experience? A qualitative investigation into the experiences of foreign national women in UK prisons – A case study
- Ben Laws, University of Cambridge, Fronting, masking and emotion release: An exploration of prisoners’ emotional management strategies
- Popy Begum, University of Oxford, Should “Forced Marriage” be criminalised?
- Natalie Beal, University of Cambridge, Desistance, legitimacy and the potential of prisoner led regime design: Prisoners’ perspectives.
Sunley Prize 2014
The winners of the 2014 competition were publicly announced and presented with their award at the Howard League Parmoor Lecture on Thursday 23 October.
- Miranda Bevan, London School of Economics, Investigating young people’s awareness and understanding of the criminal justice system: an exploratory study
- Chloe Peacock, University of Sussex, Remembering the Riots: Citizenship and ‘Social Cleansing’ After the London Riots of 2011
- Emma Young, University of Glasgow, The Experience of Fatherhood Post-Imprisonment
- Janine Hunter, University of Stirling, The Implementation of a Single Scottish Police Force: The View from the Beats
- Daniel Packham, University of Cambridge, An Exploratory Study of Military Veterans’ Experiences in UK Prisons
Sunley Prize 2013
The winners of the 2013 Sunley prize were announced on Wednesday 5 June 2013. The three winners were presented with their prizes at the Howard League’s annual Parliamentary wine reception on 4 July 2013.
Gerard Doherty, Durham University, Does familiarity breed contempt? A conceptual and theoretical analysis of ‘Mate Crime’
Alice Ievins, University of Cambridge, Living among sex offenders: identity, safety and relationships at HMP Whatton
Shona Minson, University of Surrey, Mitigating Motherhood: A study of the impact of motherhood on sentencing decisions in England and Wales
(All photos by PrisonImage.org)