Jamie Bennett

Research Associate


Dr. Jamie Bennett has worked in prisons since 1996 and held a number of senior positions. He is currently seconded to Youth Justice Board as Chief Operating Officer.

Previously he was Deputy Director for Security, Order and Counter Terrorism in HM Prison & Probation Service. Prior to this, he was Governor of HMP Long Lartin, a high security prison; HMP Grendon, the only prison to operate entirely as a series of therapeutic communities; HMP Springhill, an innovative open prison which helps men to prepare for their release and resettle into the community, and; HMP Morton Hall, a women’s prison working with a diverse international population.

Jamie has published over 100 articles and reviews covering topics including: prisons and the media, social inequality and imprisonment, prison-based therapy and the development of managerialism. He is the author of The Working Lives of Prison Managers: Global change, local cultures and individual agency in the late modern prison (Palgrave MacMillan 2015), The Penal System: An Introduction Sixth Edition (with Paul Cavadino, James Dignan and George Mair, Sage 2019) and Prisoners on Prison Films  (with Victoria Knight, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021). He has also produced four other books: Understanding Prison Staff (ed with Ben Crewe and Azrini Wahidin, Willan 2008); Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment (ed with Yvonne Jewkes, Willan 2008); The Prisoner (ed with Ben Crewe, Routledge 2011), and; Handbook on Prisons (ed with Yvonne Jewkes and Ben Crewe, Routledge, 2016).

He is a trustee of Bromley Trust and a member of the editorial boards of Prison Service Journal and Incarceration.

Research Interests

Prison management, Media representation of prisons, Therapeutic communities in prisons, Prison security, Youth justice