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Jamie Bennett has worked in prisons since 1996 and is currently Governor of HMP Grendon and Spring Hill and Research Associate at the University of Oxford.

He read law at the University of Cambridge and studied for a PhD with the SCCJR at the University of Edinburgh, under the supervision of Professor Richard Sparks. His thesis focussed on agency and structure in the working lives of prison managers, particularly in relation to managerialism and culture. This involved ethnographic research in two medium security prisons over a 12-month period.

Jamie is editor of the Prison Service Journal and has published more than 100 articles and reviews covering topics including prisons and the media, social inequality and imprisonment, and the development of managerialism.

His previous positions include Deputy Governor of Gartree, which specialises in life-sentence prisoners; Deputy Governor of Whitemoor, a high-security prison; and Governor of Morton Hall, a women’s prison.

Jamie is the author of The Working Lives of Prison Managers: Global Change, Local Culture and Individual Agency in the Late Modern Prison, published by Palgrave Macmillan.



University of Oxford


Centre for Criminology
University of Oxford
Manor Road Building
Manor Road
Oxford OX1 3UQ

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Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

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29th February 2016

SCCJR academics contribute to Handbook on Prisons