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University of Leicester criminologist to work with the Howard League for Penal Reform

The Department of Criminology's Dr Neil Chakraborti has received a prestigious appoint from a penal reform charity.

University of Leicester criminologist to work with the Howard League for Penal Reform

Neil Chakraborti is one of just 15 UK academics to form charity advisory group

Dr Neil Chakraborti, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology, has been invited by the Howard League for Penal Reform to become a member of their new Research Advisory Group (RAG). The RAG, officially launched in May 2010, has been established to provide advice and support in a number of key areas of the Howard League’s work, including the scoping and structuring of research, information sharing and the identification of future priorities.

As one of 15 criminologists invited from across the UK to form its membership, Dr Chakraborti commented on the importance of the Research Advisory Group in cementing links between scholarship and policy.

"I am delighted to make a contribution to the important work of the Howard League” said Dr Chakraborti. “Their commitment to achieving penal reform and a fairer criminal justice system is highly valued by criminologists across the country, and by working together more closely through initiatives such as the Research Advisory Group we can collectively help to identify issues deserving of further academic enquiry."

Established in 1866 the Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK and has a strong and long history of working alongside academic and research communities. More information about their work can be found at

Dr Neil Chakraborti is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester.

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