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Jake is a lecturer in criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests revolve around the probation service, particularly the impact of policy change on practice and culture in probation services. He also conducts research into desistance from offending as well as penology more broadly. He has a keen interest in the wave of privatisation currently occurring in the criminal justice system.

Before coming to SHU in September 2012 Jake completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He has also conducted research into: probation culture and probation workers’ values; Bail Accommodation and Support Scheme; and an analysis of data of deaths under probation supervision.


  • Criminal justice policy
  • Probation policy and practice
  • The politics of punishment
  • Desistance from offending

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