'Trying to get it right': What prison staff say about implementing race relations policy

Jon Spencer, Ilona Haslewood-Pócsik, Emily Smith

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    Race Relations in English and Welsh prisons have a history of critical events and flawed management. There is evidence that at the policy level the Prison Service has responded to policy directives to improve race relations. This article is based on research that examined the relationship between national legislation, Prison Service policy and practice. The focus of the article is the views of operational Prison Service staff, revealing the complexities in implementing race relations policy in the testing prison environment. The article concludes that the policies implemented by the Prison Service appear, theoretically, to be a rational and appropriate means of achieving positive race relations. Operationally the Prison Service has experienced the challenges of the prison setting, the need for proper resources and the stresses and strains in meeting the demands of its own race relations policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-206
    Number of pages19
    JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2009


    • Policy implementation
    • Prison management
    • Race relations


    Dive into the research topics of ''Trying to get it right': What prison staff say about implementing race relations policy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this