A study of public and private sector prisons by Professor Alison Liebling and Dr Ben Crewe influenced public and private sector bids for the prisons that are currently being market tested and changed management practices in prisons.

With the UK prison population reaching a record high of over 95,700 prisoners, the quality and effectiveness of prisons are becoming increasingly important.

A study of public and private sector prisons by Professor Alison Liebling and Dr Ben Crewe found that public sector prisons generally outperformed the private sector ones, and showed huge variations in the quality of private prisons.

The research has influenced public and private sector bids for the prisons that are currently being market tested, changed management practices in the prisons included in the study, and fed into staff development work in HMP Forest Bank. The researchers’ revised version of the Measuring the Quality of Prison Life survey has been taken on by the National Offender Management Service’s Standards Audit Unit.