Welcome to my blog

I thought this would be a great way to tell everyone about the many interesting things that I do in my professional life as a researcher, writer and educator. At the moment, my interest is mainly focused on policing and more specifically on police custody i.e. where people are taken on arrest whilst a decision is reached about charge. Watch this space for updates on my whirlwind academic life.

About Me

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Layla Skinns is a Senior Lecturer in criminology in the Centre for Criminological Research at the School of Law, University of Sheffield. Before joining the Centre for Criminological Research, Layla worked at the University of Cambridge, where she was the Adrian Socio-Legal Research Fellow at Darwin College and a Teaching Associate on the MSt. in Applied Criminology for senior police, prison and probation staff. Whilst working as a Research Fellow at Darwin College, she co-organised the prestigious Darwin College Lecture Series on the theme of risk. Her qualifications are: MA (Hons) Sociology and Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 2000; MPhil Criminological Research, University of Cambridge, 2001 and PhD Criminology, University of Cambridge, 2005

Monday, 22 September 2014

The 'good' police custody study (GPCS)

'The GPCS: early findings', National Custody Seminar, Police Federation of England and Wales, Sergeants' Central Committee, Stoke-on-Trent, 23-24 September 2014.

Tomorrow myself and Andrew Wooff (the Research Associate on the 'good' police custody study) will be presenting some early findings from our research. Please treat them with caution, as they remain preliminary at this stage of the research; we still have a long way to go before we finish collecting and analysing the data from the study. We, nonetheless, welcome constructive feedback and comments: @drlaylaskinns or @policecustody. Without giving too much away we shall be focusing on describing the different types of custody suites we have identified, as well as the conditions of detention and the use of discretion in these different settings.

See you tomorrow.