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Marguerite joined SCCJR in October 2013 as an ESRC Future Leader Research Fellow and became a Senior Lecturer in June 2021.

Her research focuses on the meaning of criminal justice sentences in the context of wider lives, the problems with the current criminal justice approach and alternatives ways of dealing with offending and harm. She is currently exploring the role of place in allowing people to move away from harm and is planning to examine how this happens differently in rural and urban locations. She is also passionate about contributing to a different public dialogue about crime and justice. She is a founding member of the Coalition Against Punishment (capscotland.com) and has turned some of her research findings into a graphic novel A Life in Pieces and a learning resource for Modern Studies teachers in Scotland.

Recent publications

Schinkel, M. and Lives Sentenced Participants (2021) Persistent short-term imprisonment: Belonging as a lens to understand its shifting meanings over the life course. Incarceration, 2(1), pp. 1-20. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2632666321989018

Schinkel, M. (2019) Rethinking turning points: trajectories of parenthood and desistance. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 5, pp. 366-386. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40865-019-00121-8

Schinkel, M. , Atkinson, C. and Anderson, S. (2019) ‘Well-kent faces’: policing persistent offenders and the possibilities for desistance. British Journal of Criminology, 59(3), pp. 634-652. https://academic.oup.com/bjc/article/59/3/634/5149485



University of Glasgow


Ivy Lodge,
63 Gibson Street,
Glasgow, G12 8LR

Research Themes

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

March 2019

SCCJR Response to Scottish Government Consultation on Transforming Parole Scotland

SCCJR welcomes the opportunity to comment in response to this Scottish Government consultation. Our submission focuses on the following key […]

The pains of desistance

Desistance is generally presented in a positive light, with themes of ‘making good’ and generativity recurring in the literature. This […]

Prisons and desistance

The Handbook on Prisons, Second edition is a key text for students taking courses in prisons, penology, criminal justice, criminology and related […]


Hook for change or shaky peg? Imprisonment, narratives and desistance


Fair enough: Long-term prisoners talking about their sentence


Adaptation, the meaning of imprisonment and outcomes after release – the impact of the prison regime


The Elements of Effective Through-Care Part 1: International Review

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report forms Part 1 of a two-part review of the elements of effective through-care. It examines the […]

3rd December 2020

Scotland in Lockdown

The “Health and social impacts of Covid-19 in Scotland” study aims to understand how the response to Covid-19 including lockdown […]

1st November 2019

Understanding Repeat Violent Victimisation in Scotland

This research seeks to improve understanding about repeat violence victimisation (RVV) in Scotland, adopting a qualitative methodology that explores the […]

22nd October 2013

Lives Sentenced: Experiences of Repeated Punishment

There has been little research examining how those who are punished by the criminal justice system experience and give meaning […]

13th February 2024

SCCJR Funding Announcement

24th May 2021

Campaign Calls for Scotland to Reduce Remand Prisoner Population

10th March 2021

A Life in Pieces – School Resource launched

29th April 2020

New research project to investigate impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups

1st November 2019

SCCJR to carry out major new project on repeat violence victimisation in Scotland

28th May 2019

Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Consultation Responses on the Presumption Against Short Sentences (PASS)

30th April 2019

Graphic Novel Brings Life to Prison Sentences

27th March 2019

SCCJR responds to Scottish Government’s Consultation on Transforming Parole in Scotland

28th November 2018

Offenders view short-term sentences as waste of time

8th February 2017

New web project to explore the meaning of sentences

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Just About . . . Covid & Criminal Justice

18th August 2021



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SCCJR Seminar: Left Out and Locked Down

19th February 2021