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Professor Anthea Hucklesby

Professor of Criminal Justice and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation

I joined the School of Law in 2003 having worked as a Lecturer at the Universities of Leicester and Hull.

I have held visiting positions at the University of South Australia, the University of Sydney and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Research Interests

My research interests lie broadly in criminal justice and how it deals with suspects, defendants and offenders. I have particular interests in

  • electronic monitoring
  • community sentences
  • the remand process
  • prisoner's resettlement
  • prisons
  • compliance and procedural justice
  • and public and voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice.

I am an empirical researcher and have been awarded in excess of £1.3 millon pounds in research grants. I have carried out research for the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Youth Justice Board, HM Prison Service, Probation Boards, West Yorkshire Police, G4S and a range of voluntary sector organisations. My most recent project was a comparative study of the use of electronic monitoring with defendants and offenders in Europe funded by the European Commission DG Justice (JUST/2013/JPEN/AG/4510), more information is available on the website.

I am leading an interdisciplinary international network on ‘Tracking people: controversies and challenges’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (more details at:

I have substantial experience of working with research users. I currently hold an IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship award working with the Electronic Monitoring Directorate of the HM Prison and Probation Services, Ministry of Justice. I was an impact case study author in REF2014.


My areas of teaching are criminal justice and penology.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised PhD students successfully and welcome the opportunity to supervise students in the broad area of criminal justice and particularly in areas directly related to my research interests.

Key Publications


  • Criminal Justice, ed. by Hucklesby A and Wahidin A (Oxford University Press, 2013)

  • Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice, ed. by Crawford A and Hucklesby A (Routledge, 2013)

  • Hucklesby A, Bail Support Schemes for Adults, Researching Criminal Justice series (Policy Press, 2011)

    Bail is a fundamental human right which measures society's democratic credentials. Taken alongside an increasing prison population, there is an urgent need to find alternatives to custodial remands which do not increase risks to the community. This important book evaluates a bail support scheme called the Effective Bail Scheme (EBS), which was the first such scheme directed at adults, and places its findings in the context of bail law and practice. Based on up-to-date research, this book will make a valuable contribution to an under-researched area and provide useful insights for policy makers and practitioners.

  • Hucklesby A, Wincup E, Drug Interventions in Criminal Justice (Open University Press, 2010)

  • Hucklesby AL, Prisoner Resettlement: policy and practice (Willan, 2007), xiv,306p

Journal articles

  • Hucklesby A, Wincup E, ‘Assistance, support and monitoring? the paradoxes of mentoring adults in the criminal justice system’, Journal of Social Policy, 43.2 (2014), 373-390
    DOI: 10.1017/S0047279413001013, Repository URL:

    Mentoring has recently taken centre stage as one of the primary criminal justice 'interventions' to reduce reoffending, having grown in popularity over the past fifteen years. Its rapid growth has been driven by claims of success within and outside the criminal justice system, leading some to argue that it has been perceived as a silver bullet (Newburn and Shiner, 2005). This article challenges such claims on three fronts: first, mentoring is an ill-defined concept with weak theoretical foundations; second, the evidence base upon which claims of success are made is limited; and, third, transferring mentoring into the coercive and punitive environment of the criminal justice system results in a departure from the very principles and values which are the basis of its usefulness elsewhere. The article utilises the findings from three empirical criminal justice research projects to question claims of widespread and effective mentoring activity with defendants and offenders, suggesting instead that 'interventions' described as mentoring serve as a vehicle to extend the reach of the criminal justice system. At the end of the article, we suggest that desistance theory, specifically the Good Lives Model, provides a conceptual framework for taking mentoring in criminal justice forward. © Cambridge University Press 2014.

  • Hucklesby AL, ‘The working life of electronic monitoring officers’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 11.1 (2011), 59-76
    DOI: 10.1177/1748895810392185

  • Hucklesby A, ‘Keeping the Lid on the Prison Remand Population: the experience in England and Wales’, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 21.1 (2009), 3-23

  • Hucklesby A, ‘Understanding offenders' compliance: a case study of electronically monitored curfew orders’, Journal of Law and Society, 36.2 (2009), 248-271
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2009.00465.x

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