Professor Carolyn Hoyle has been at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology since 1991 and was Centre Director from 2012 - 2017. She has published empirical and theoretical research on a number of criminological topics including domestic violence, policing, restorative justice, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions. She teaches courses on the MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice on: 'Restorative Justice'; 'The Death Penalty'; 'Victims', and 'Academic Communication Skills'. She also lectures on Victims and Restorative Justice on the FHS Law degree and supervises DPhil, MPhil and MSc students on these and other criminological topics. She has recently concluded research into applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission concerning alleged miscarriages of justice. Her book on this research was published by Oxford University Press in January 2019: Reasons to Doubt: Wrongful Convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission
She is currently working on studies of foreign nationals at risk of capital punishment in Malaysia, funded by the British Academy and the University of Oxford John Fell Fund, and carrying out various projects on the death penalty in Indonesia and Zimbabwe with The Death Penalty Project.
- ISBN: 978 1 78643 324 4DOI: https://doi-org.eres.qnl.qa/10.1093/bjc/azy066The Criminal Cases Review Commission reviews possible wrongful convictions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, referring back to the Court of Appeal cases where there is a ‘real possibility’ that the conviction is unsafe. This article presents findings from a four-year empirical study of decision-making within the Commission. It explores how Commission staff exercise their discretionary powers in identifying and investigating possible wrongful convictions from approximately 1,400 applications a year, referring just a few back to the Court. It focuses on a sample of cases that turned on forensic evidence and expert testimony, showing that while there is some variation in individual caseworkers’ approaches to investigation, decision-making is shaped by the law and internal policies such that reasonably consistent decision frames emerge.In recent years, there has been rising concern that allegations of sexual abuse, particularly non-recent abuse, have not received an appropriate response. From this has emerged a new determination to correct past and prevent further injustices, with police operations focusing considerable resources on the identification and prosecution of child abusers. Police and other services have reached out to encourage reporting, and developments in the trial process related to the rules of evidence have eroded due process protections for suspects. This article considers this changed legal and social context, and the processes entailed in responding to allegations of abuse, before presenting original empirical data, gathered from the accounts of 30 men and women who were wrongly accused of abuse related to their employment in occupations of trust. It demonstrates the considerable and lasting harms done to those who face allegations of such heinous crimes.ISBN: 2059-1098The Criminal cases review commission reviews possible miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland when applicants have exhausted other avenues of appeal, with a view to referring unsafe convictions back to the appeal court. This article considers the CCRC's handling of applications from refugees and asylum seekers who claim to have been wrongfully convicted of entering the UK illegally. These cases commonly relate to people who could not obtain travel documents lawfully and were erroneously advised by defence lawyers that they should plead guilty. The article 1st examines the sources of these wrongful convictions by reviewing CCRC referrals to the appeal court. It then reviews the CCRC's wider engagement with other criminal justice agencies in an effort to prevent further wrongful convictions of refugees and asylum seekers. The failing of the criminal justice agencies to properly protect refugees and asylum seekers reflects a wider anxiety about the negative effects of immigration, and the societal appetite to use punitive measures to control immigration. The article concludes by arguing that the CCRC's campaign was effective, and demonstrates the importance of interagency communication in preventing miscarriages of justice.ISBN: 711447ISBN: 978-0-19-878323-7DOI: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1080/15564886.2015.1095830ISBN: 978-0-19-878323ISBN: 978-92-1-154217-2ISBN: 978-0-19-870173-6The London Borough of Croydon, in the south of England, established, in December 2005, a Family Justice Centre (FJC) to respond in a flexible way to meet the varied needs of those abused in intimate relationships. The FJC brings together some 33 agencies under one roof. This article draws on a small, grounded pilot study of the Croydon FJC the first study of a FJC in the UK to consider if the co-location and cooperation of services to victims of domestic abuse has the potential to empower victims to make informed choices about their futures.ISBN: 0269-7580The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first international criminal justice institution that explicitly promises to deliver justice for victims by providing for the rights of victims to participation and reparation in criminal proceedings. More than a decade after its establishment, the time is right to consider how this new idea of justice for victims has developed at the ICC. While analysis of the ICCs framework has benefited from international law and other academic disciplines, such as international relations and politics, there has been too little attention paid to international criminal justice by mainstream criminologists and victimologists. To fill this gap, this article will systematically reflect on the similarities and differences in the evolution of the idea of justice for victims at domestic criminal courts and the ICC from a criminological and victimological perspective. Overall, the comparison suggests that while the concept of justice for victims has been mainly understood in terms of the benefits and problems of incorporating victims rights into criminal law procedure in the domestic context, at the ICC, it has led to broader contestations and redefinitions of the very meaning of justice. These contestations on justice have to be understood in the institutional context of a still young and sui generis court that is unsure of the kind of justice it can and should deliver.ISBN: 2095-4867ISBN: 9780199590278ISBN: 0964-6639ISBN: 9781849460224ISBN: 9780226808765ISBN: 0190-7409ISBN: 9780199228461ISBN: 978-1-84392-323-7ISBN: 978-1-84392-258-2ISBN: 978-1-84392-151-6ISBN: 978-0-19-920543-1ISBN: 1 84473 479XISBN: 0 947811 20 6ISBN: 1-84113-273-XISBN: 1-84392-020-4ISBN: 0 947811 19 2ISBN: 1-84392-033-6ISBN: 1-84113-280-2ISBN: 1-84263-071-7ISBN: 0-19-925395-1ISBN: 1-84113-280-2ISBN: 0032-3179ISBN: 0300-3558ISBN: 0011 135X
Her teaching interests are criminology, criminal justice and penology.
Death Penalty, Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Justice, Criminology
Options taughtCriminology and Criminal Justice
Blog posts by Carolyn Hoyle26 Jun 2019
A Call for New Rigorous Empirical Research to Better Inform Drug Trafficking Policy in Indonesia
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology30 Aug 2017
Change of Guard
By Carolyn Hoyle | Mary BosworthCentre for Criminology28 Feb 2017
Annual Thames Valley Police-Oxford Criminology Seminar
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology20 Dec 2016
Happy Holidays from the Centre for Criminology
By Carolyn Hoyle | Mary BosworthCentre for Criminology25 Nov 2016
'Changing Contours of Criminal Justice'
By Mary Bosworth | Carolyn Hoyle | Lucia ZednerCentre for Criminology12 Oct 2016
Informal Seminar Series: 'The Triumph of Mercy: Understanding the American death penalty decline'.
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology08 Aug 2016
The Gradual Erosion of the State’s Commitment to Compensate the Wrongfully Convicted
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology04 Jun 2015
American Law Students Help to Secure the Release of Malawian Prisoners
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology27 Apr 2015
There's No Evidence that the Death Penalty Acts as a Deterrent
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology13 Apr 2015
Remembering Women Sentenced to Death
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology13 Jan 2015
Progress Towards World-Wide Abolition of the Death Penalty
By Roger Hood | Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology13 Jan 2014
The Death Penalty in Japan
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology06 Dec 2013
Mandela and the Death Penalty
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology11 Oct 2013
Death Row in India
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology17 Sep 2013
Delhi Death Sentences
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology09 Nov 2012
California Holds onto the Death Penalty – But Only Just!
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology07 Nov 2012
The Costs of American Criminal Justice: California’s Fiscal Crisis Gives Hopes to Liberals
By Carolyn HoyleCentre for Criminology