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Are you interested in the treatment of women offenders in the community?

The Griffins Society and the London School of Economics and Political Science have set up three new year-long research fellowships, starting this September, to look at how to improve the treatment of women offenders.

The aim of this Fellowship scheme is to provide a 'thinking space' to study a particular aspect of the circumstances or treatment of women offenders. Applications are welcomed from anyone with an interest in female offenders, such as magistrates, probation officers, staff of supported accommodation and drug/alcohol counsellors.

Each Fellowship will run for one year, beginning in September 2001. Academic support and supervision will be provided by Dr Judith Rumgay, director of Griffins Society Fellowship. Dr Rumgay is a senior lecturer in LSE's Department of Social Policy and author of Crime, Punishment and the Drinking Offender (Macmillan, 1998) and The Addicted Offender: developments in British policy and practice (Palgrave, 2000). Fellows will have access to LSE Library and computing facilities as well as the opportunity to attend guest seminars hosted by the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, and by LSE's Department of Social Policy.

The Griffins Society is a voluntary organisation working for the care and resettlement of female offenders, including those with a history of mental illness and violent behaviour. Until recently the Society, which was set up in 1966, concentrated on providing hostel accommodations. Those residential projects have now been transferred to another organisation and the Society has decided to alter the focus of its activities. This includes sponsoring these three Fellowships at LSE.

In keeping with its origins, the Griffins Society welcomes applications from the voluntary sector, as well as statutory organisations. These awards are not suitable for those engaged in full-time academic work or those studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Reflecting the Griffins Society's interests, projects must have a community rather than a custodial focus but this may include issues around bail or resettlement difficulties following a custodial sentence.

Applications should be submitted by the end of June . For more details on how to apply or to talk through project proposals, contact Dr Judith Rumgay, director,. Griffins Society Fellowship Scheme, Department of Social Policy, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. Tel: 020 7955 7359 or email: j.rumgay@lse.ac.uk|

23 May 2001