Our research listings
Our research listings
Research Papers and Briefings
At the end of their year on the Griffins Society Fellowship Programme, Fellows produce a 10,000 word Research Paper on their findings. Research Papers are available here to view or download as a PDF (the size of each file is given).
For all papers you will find the REPORT IN FULL, and also a single-page ABSTRACT. For more recent papers, an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY is also available.
Fellows' research can be freely copied and distributed as long as the author and the Griffins Society are credited.
Just no future at the moment: Examining the barriers to community resettlement for foreign national women
A Sense of Place: a study of accessing housing for women exiting custody - housing first not housing last
Exploring the impact of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 on women involved in the criminal justice system
prevent homelessness. If effective, the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (hereafter referred to as the Act)
should provide greater assistance and support to households not considered 'in priority need'.
However, the Act also removed priority need status for prison leavers, meaning local authorities no
longer have an automatic duty to secure accommodation for people released from prison homeless.
In the initial years after the introduction of the Act, and at a time when homelessness is on the rise,
this report provides an insight into whether this housing policy is 'fit for purpose' for women leaving
– and often returning to – prison and provides recommendations for how policy and practice can be
improved to better support them.
Sentencing women: Considering the factors that influence decision-making through interviews with sentencers & probation officers
publication of the Corston Report (Home Office, 2007) but there has been little research about the sentencing of women since Corston. This research project is based on interviews with judges, magistrates and probation officers in order to explore the factors that influence decision-making when sentencing women; and what sentencers take into account when they sentence or remand women to custody. The research also explores the interviewees’ awareness of women-specific needs and gender-specific community resources - and the influence that this knowledge may have on the sentencing process. Interviewees were also invited to comment on how they use community options and prison remand for women.
'Score, smoke, back on the beat': an exploration of the impact of homelessness on exiting street sex working in Manchester
• identifying the concerns that young women and staff have about effective resettlement specifically in terms of gender;
• identifying successful current practice for this group in resettlement;
• identifying barriers to effective resettlement; and
• charting the experience of resettlement for these young women and follow-up issues over a set period of time.
and licensees. The study examines the structure of support to help women regain control of their lives, to empower them to progress to the next stage, ie. semi independent/independent living. It aims to highlight the strengths, weaknesses and, effectiveness of regimes in reducing offending for women; and to identify
any gaps which exist.
NB. The term Approved Premises refers to (Home Office) defined standards of practice.
'What Works' with women who offend: A service user's perspective. Exploring the synthesis between what women want and what women get
justice and other associated agencies provide. A review of the literature exploring these issues, together with the information generated from the women’s accounts of their experiences, form the evidence contained in the full report.
• to explore whether the women had been adequately prepared for release and whether they received sufficient support to assist with their reintegration into the community; and
• to consider whether the reality of release corresponded with the women’s expectations before release.