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The history of criminology

On the previous step, we learned that criminology emerged from two 19th century concerns. The first was linked to state efforts to control crime and the second was concerned with …

Sentencing

Sentencing is a key part of the criminal process. However, it is often misunderstood, not least because it is subject to reporting by the mass media which tends to emphasise …

The Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre

The student-led Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre provides Sheffield law students with the opportunity to investigate cases of convicted people maintaining their innocence, who have exhausted the initial appeals process. …

The criminal justice system: in court

There are three categories of criminal offence and this classification determines how a case is processed through the criminal justice system. Summary offences Either-way Indictable-only offences In this article, we’ll …

Rethinking criminal justice

A better understanding of how and why people stop offending offers the prospect of developing better criminal justice practices and insights from the experiences of desisting individuals can be used …

Are you interested in studying criminology?

Our Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminology is directed at students seeking a short, tailored programme in criminology, criminal justice and restorative justice. Taught by leading researchers, the course is well-known …

What is electronic monitoring?

Electronic Monitoring has proven to be a controversial but increasingly entrenched tool of criminal justice in many jurisdictions around the world. But what is it, and why has it proven …

What happens when a crime is committed?

So we have seen how criminal justice works in theory, but how does it work in practice? We have created a flowchart which outlines each stage of this process and …

Does prison work?

Rates of penal incarceration around the world have reached record levels and in England and Wales, where there is the highest prison population in western Europe, prison is clearly the …

Review of the week

In this video, Dr Layla Skinns reflects on what we have covered this week. How have you found this week? If you could share one piece of information about criminal …

A mock victim-offender mediation

To give you a better understanding of what takes place during a mediation meeting, we have filmed a mock meeting using actors and a trained facilitator. In this video, you’ll …