EVENT: (Re)turning point? Confinement, coping & change

Friday 4th April, 2014, 14:00-17:00

Senate Room, Main Building, University of Glasgow

What makes a prison sentence a turning point for some prisoners? What can be done to make this more common? And what needs to be in place for turning points to lead to a crime-free life after release? This talk addresses these questions, drawing on current research.

By examining prisoners’ views and experiences, it gives new insights into what it will take to unlock prisoners’ potential and change their lives. It should be of special interest to prison staff and those working in the community with (ex)prisoners, as well as to policy makers, students and academics.


  • Introduction by Colin McConnell – Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service
  • Doing well or just doing time? A qualitative study of psychological adjustment in prison. Dr Esther van Ginneken, Liverpool Hope University
  • The impact of personal circumstances, the prison environment and obstacles after release on the transformative power of prison. Dr Marguerite Schinkel, University of Glasgow
  • Response: How effective is research on prison effects? Professor Shadd Maruna, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Q&A session chaired by Professor Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow.
  • Informal drinks reception

The event is FREE but ticketed. Please register your place at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/returning-point-confinement-coping-and-change-tickets-10626154113

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