SPAROW – Scottish Prisons Assessment and Review of Outcomes for Women is an evaluation of the new Community Custody Units (CCUs) for women and the operation of the Scottish Prison Service Women’s Strategy in the women’s estate. It employs a multi-method approach, including interviews and workshops with women residing in the CCUs, staff working in the CCUs and an online survey of Scottish Prison Service partners who are delivering services into the CCUs.

The team are Professor Michele Burman (PI), Professor Mhairi Mackenzie (Co-PI), Dr Annie Crowley and Lisa Mary Armstrong (all Glasgow); Professor Margaret Malloch (Co-PI) (Stirling) and Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe (Cambridge).

The project will run from May 2023 to October 2024.

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Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Associated People

Dr Talitha Brown

University of Glasgow

Prof Michele Burman

University of Glasgow

Prof Margaret Malloch

University of Stirling

Dr Annie Crowley

University of Glasgow

Lisa Mary Armstrong

University of Glasgow