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Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative School of Law
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Shadd Maruna is Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the School of Law Queen's University Belfast where he is also Professor of Justice Studies and Human Development.  He received his PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in Human Development and Social Policy and his research continues to focus on the interaction between criminal justice policy and early adulthood, developmental transitions.  His book Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives (American Psychological Association, 2001) was named the 'Outstanding Contribution to Criminology' by the American Society of Criminology in 2001.  His other books include: Rehabilitation: Beyond the Risk Paradigm (Routledge, 2007), The Effects of Imprisonment (Cambridge University Press, 2005), After Crime and Punishment: Pathways to Ex-Offender Reintegration (Willan, 2004), and Escape Attempts: Contemporary Perspectives on Life After Punishment (Routledge, 2011).


John Pinkerton is a Professor in Social Work in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, at Queen's University Belfast.  Further details about John's teaching and research are available here.