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.


The Reducing Burglary Initiative: Planning for Partnership within a Project Setting

Investigating Burglary: Findings from the Reducing Burglary Initiative

The Reducing Burglary Initiative: Investigating Burglary

The Decision to Imprison: Sentencing & The Prison Population

Understanding the growth in the prison population in England and Wales

  • Author(s) Millie, A., Jacobson, J. and Hough, M.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2003
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice, 3(4): 369-387

When is a Nation not a Nation? The Case of Anglo-British Nationhood

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J.
  • SubjectEthnicity, religion and identity
  • Year2002
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationGeopolitics, 7(2):173-192
  • Misc infoThe Case of Anglo-British Nationhood

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships: Round One Progress

  • Author(s) Phillips, C., Jacobson, J., Prime, R., Carter, M. and Considine, M.
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2001
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationHome Office PRCU
  • Misc infoPolice Research Series Paper 151
  • DownloadsCDRPs.pdf

Neighbourhood Warden Schemes: An Overview

Policing Drug Hot-Spots: The Situational Approach

  • Author(s) Jacobson,  J.
  • SubjectDrugs, alcohol and crime
  • Year1999
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationHome Office Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
  • Misc infoPolice Research Paper 109
  • Downloadspolicing drug hotspots.pdf

Islam in Transition

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J.
  • SubjectEthnicity, religion and identity
  • Year1998
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationRoutledge
  • Misc infoReligion and identity among British and Pakistani Youth