Publications & Team

Current Research

Jessica is engaged in a range of research activities. Her role includes overseeing the development of the World Prison Research Programme: this is a new programme of international comparative research on prisons and imprisonment. The programme will build on the work of the World Prison Brief, which is an online database providing details on the prison systems of over 220 independent countries and dependent territories. Much of Jessica's other work focuses on the criminal courts. Among her recently completed projects is a study on the on the application of the doctrine of 'joint enterprise' in the prosecution of serious offences.

Background and Expertise

Jessica has a BA degree in sociology from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics. Her thesis was on the subject of ethnic and religious identities among second-generation British Pakistanis (published by Routledge as Islam in Transition in 1998).

Jessica has developed her expertise in criminal justice research since working as a Research Officer, and then Senior Research Officer, for the Home Office from 1997 to 2000. She has experience of researching many different aspects of the criminal justice system; particular interests include prisons; sentencing and the work of the criminal courts more broadly; and youth justice. Her recent publications include Inside Crown Court (with Gillian Hunter and Amy Kirby), published by Policy Press in 2015, which discusses the experiences of victims, witnesses and defendants at court.

Publications

The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review: Final Report

Structured mayhem: Personal experiences of the Crown Court

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter, and Amy Kirby
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2015
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice Alliance
  • DownloadsCJAJ3555_CJA_Report_WEB

There to Help: Ensuring provision of appropriate adults for mentally vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police

  • Author(s) Chris Bath with Bina Bhardwa, Jessica Jacobson, Tiggey May and Russel Webster
  • SubjectCriminal justice agencies and services
  • Year2015
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationNational Appropriate Adult Network
  • Downloads2015_theretohelp

'Community' knows best: Community involvement in criminal justice

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2015
  • LocationBasingstoke
  • Publisher/PublicationPalgrave Macmilan
  • Misc infoin Wasik, M. and Santatzoglou, S.(eds.) The Management of Change in Criminal Justice: Who Knows Best?

Inside Crown Court: Personal experiences and questions of legitimacy

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2015
  • LocationBristol
  • Publisher/PublicationPolicy Press

Public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences

  • Author(s) Kirby, A. and Jacobson, J.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLeeds
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminology & Criminal Justice, 14(3): 334-350
  • Misc infoOriginally published online 9 July 2013

Effective participation or passive acceptance: How can defendants participate more effectively in the court process?

Supporting fair and respectful treatment of witnesses

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationICPR
  • Misc infoAlso published on The Advocate's Gateway website: http://www.theadvocatesgateway.org/resources
  • Downloadsicpr_witnesses.pdf

Supporting the effective participation of defendants in court proceedings

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationICPR
  • Misc infoAlso published on The Advocate's Gateway website: http://www.theadvocatesgateway.org/resources
  • Downloadsicpr_defendants.pdf

Crime and ‘Community’: Exploring the scope for community involvement in criminal justice