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Successful Outcome of EBP 2019 - Anna Flynn

Anna Flynn

The School of Law is delighted to announce that Anna Flynn, a Research Assistant with the University of Limerick and the Irish Prison Service (IPS), has been awarded a PhD scholarship under the Irish Research Council Employment-Based Programme. Starting in September 2019, Anna will be based in the IPS Psychology Service headquarters in Arbour Hill Prison and will be co-supervised by Dr Eimear Spain and Dr Emma Black (Head of Psychology, IPS). Anna will be conducting research on the sentence management of people serving life sentences in the IPS. This research has been identified as a priority area by the IPS, following the completion of their 2017 report entitled ‘Examination of the Sentence Management of People serving Life Sentences’. This report proposed a new model of early multi-disciplinary sentence management for people serving life sentences, applicable to those sentenced after 1 April 2017. The aim of the research is to compare the sentence management of people sentenced to life both before and after the implementation of the new model. The project will develop an evidence base to inform best practice and policy, facilitating ongoing development of the model. The ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible outcomes for people serving life sentences, victims/victims’ families, and wider society.