Publications & Team

Current Research

Gill's current work focuses on lay perceptions, experience and understanding of the Crown Court and a study seeking to develop more consistent measurement of intervention effects for VCS services working with offenders and their families.

Background and Expertise

Gill has over 15 years' experience of conducting criminal policy research. This has involved evaluations of criminal justice interventions including arrest and court diversion schemes for street sex workers and offenders with mental health and substance misuse problems and of mentoring in the criminal justice system and its value for supporting offenders leaving custody. She has undertaken work profiling the backgrounds of young people in the secure estate and was recently involved in an evaluation of six 'One-Stop-Shop' community services for women offenders.

Gill is a language editor and reviewer for the International Journal of Drug Policy. She has an MSc in Health Sociology from London South Bank University and an MA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Glasgow.

Gill's research interests include the health and resettlement of offenders, specifically women offenders, peer-based mentoring approaches to supporting offenders in the community and of victims and witnesses experience of the criminal courts.

Publications

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
  • Misc infoIn press. Available at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447317050

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

Imagining penal policy for women: The case for Women’s Community Services

  • Author(s) Radcliffe, P. and Hunter, G.
  • SubjectGender and crime
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationHoward League 'What is Justice?' Working Paper
  • DownloadsHLWP_4_2014.pdf

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

Inside the Crown Court

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationBirkbeck, University of London
  • Misc infoBBK Review 2013; Issue 32: 40-41.
  • Downloadscrown_court.pdf

Evaluation of the Employment and Reoffending Pilot: Lessons learnt from the planning and early implementation phase

Intermediate outcomes of family and intimate relationship interventions: a rapid evidence assessment

Out of the shadows: Victims' and witnesses' experiences of the Crown Court

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