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Juliet Lyon CBE

With effect from October 2016, Birkbeck School of Law welcomes Juliet Lyon as a Visiting Professor to the Department of Criminology, forging a closer link with Juliet and, through her, others in the prison reform community who apply research to achieve change in justice policy, practice and legislation.

Until summer 2016, Juliet worked as director of the Prison Reform Trust and Secretary General of Penal Reform International. She is now a member of the World Prisons Programme international advisory group co-ordinated by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR).

In June 2016 Juliet was appointed chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and has previously contributed as an independent member of a number of government reviews including Corston on vulnerable women in the criminal justice system; Bradley on mental health and learning disability; and Haliday on the sentencing framework.

She worked for the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) as a research impact assessor on the most recent REF exercise in 2013/14 and has a particular interest in how to use research evidence to effect social change. As well as conducting research in consultation with prisoners and their families and producing scholarly papers and reports, Juliet is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media and has served to increase public and Parliamentary awareness of the state of our prison system and the needs of people within it.

At Birkbeck Juliet looks forward to contributing to the work of the Law School by giving, and attending, lectures and workshops to share learning and engaging with students and colleagues on criminal justice and prisons research.