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Risk and human rights in UK prison governance

Murphy, Thérèse; Whitty, Noel


Thérèse Murphy

Noel Whitty


Risk and human rights discourses dominate the landscape of prison governance in the United Kingdom. For the most part, however, criminologists have focused only on concepts of risk and lawyers on human rights; there has been little overlap in the scholarship of these disciplines. In this article, we problematize this separation. We argue for a new stream of academic enquiry which recognizes the co-existence of different types of risk and rights discourses, and which draws upon more interdisciplinary understandings of risk, human rights and regulation.


Murphy, T., & Whitty, N. (2007). Risk and human rights in UK prison governance. British Journal of Criminology, 47(5), doi:10.1093/bjc/azm012

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2007
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2012
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2012
Journal British Journal of Criminology
Print ISSN 0007-0955
Electronic ISSN 0007-0955
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 5
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Additional Information This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version: Murphy, T. & Whitty, N., Risk and human rights in UK prison governance, British Journal of Criminology, 47,5 (2007), 798-816, is available online at:


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