Jessica completed her PhD at the London School of Economics in 1996, on the topic of ethnic and religious identities among second-generation British Pakistanis (published by Routledge as Islam in Transition in 1998). Since then she has developed her expertise in criminal justice research, initially as a Home Office researcher, and then as an independent researcher and policy consultant. Since 2011 she has been based at ICPR, becoming Co-Director of the institute in 2013, and Director in 2016.
Jessica undertakes research on many different aspects of the criminal justice system; her particular interests include prisons, sentencing, and the work of the criminal courts more widely. Her publications include Inside Crown Court: Personal experiences and questions of legitimacy (Policy Press, 2015, with Gillian Hunter and Amy Kirby) and Imprisonment Worldwide: The Current Situation and an Alternative Future (Policy Press, 2016, with Andrew Coyle, Helen Fair and Roy Walmsley). Among her current projects is a study funded by the Nuffield Foundation on participation in courts and tribunals.
A full list of Jessica's publications is available here