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

Peer relations: A review of learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships – Part V

  • Author(s) Helen Fair and Jessica Jacobson
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2017
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • Downloadspeer_relations_FINAL

Sense of self and responsibility: A review of learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships – Part V

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2017
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • Downloadssense_of_self_FINAL

Prison: Evidence of its use and over-use from around the world

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Catherine Heard and Helen Fair
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2017
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationICPR and Fair Trials
  • Downloadsglobal imprisonment web FINAL

Problem solving approaches: A review of learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships Part III

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • DownloadsWCMT problem solving briefing

Family Connections: A review of learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships Part II

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • DownloadsWCMT family briefing

Joint Enterprise after Jogee: Implications for Sentencing

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationSentencing News, Issue 3, 2016

Prosecuting joint enterprise cases: seeking ways through the fog?

  • Author(s) Amy Kirby, Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationBritish Society of Criminology Newsletter, 79
  • Downloadsbscn_79_Kirby

Connections: A review of learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair
  • SubjectInternational prisons research
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • DownloadsWCMT

Joint Enterprise

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Kirby, A. and Hunter, G
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice & Law Weekly, 180 (31)
  • DownloadsJoint Enterprise _ CL&J

Joint Enterprise: Righting a wrong turn?

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Amy Kirby, Gillian Hunter
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • DownloadsJoint Enterprise Righting a Wrong Turn