Dr Marie Hutton (she/her)

School of Law

Lecturer in Criminology

Assistant Director of CCR

Deputy Director of Education (Student Voice)

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Dr Marie Hutton
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Marie joined the School of Law, University of Sheffield in September 2022. Prior to this, she was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex Law School, an ESRC research fellow at the School of Geography at the University of Birmingham, a visiting lecturer at the School of Law in the University of Birmingham and University Campus Suffolk, and a Measuring the Quality of Prison Life Research Assistant for the Prison Service (England and Wales).

Driven by her own experiences of familial imprisonment, Marie’s research has focused on the lived experience of family contact in prisons and human rights from a socio-legal and criminological perspective. A key focus of Marie’s research has been critiquing the institutional practices and policy frameworks that inform the rules around family contact drawing on original empirical data and from theoretical perspectives from criminological literature. She maintains a particular focus on the experiences of adult relationships during imprisonment from a socio-legal perspective (such as the romantic partners of prisoners and parents of prisoners). Marie also has a developing interest in communication cultures and understandings of equality in the prison environment.

Previously, Marie has worked with Northern Ireland Prison Service. Currently Marie is working in collaboration with the Prison Reform Trust on their Building Futures project that focusses on the lived experiences of family contact for those serving 10 years or more.

  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • LLB (Hons) Middlesex University
Research interests
  • Family contact and imprisonment 
  • Crime and the family
  • The lived experience of Human Rights
  • Prison ethnography

Edited books

Journal articles


  • Hutton M (2022) Prison Visits and Desistance; A Human Rights Perspective In van Ginneken E & Hart E (Ed.), New Perspectives on Desistance: Theoretical and Empirical Developments (pp. 187-209). Basingstok: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutton M (2021) Children first: Putting the Rights of Children Visiting Prisons at the Heart of Policy and Practice. In Donson F & Parkes A (Ed.), Parental Imprisonment and Children’s Rights London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutton M (2019) ‘Clinging On’: Prison and the Changing Landscape of a Family In Murray L, McDonnell L, Hinton-Smith T, Ferreira N & Walsh K (Ed.), Families in Motion Ebbing and Flowing Through Space and Time (pp. 39-55). London: Emerald Publishing Limited. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutton M (2019) A Labour of Love: The Experiences of Parents of Prisoners and Their Role as Human Rights Protectors In Hutton M & Moran D (Ed.), Handbook of Prison and the Family Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutton M & Moran D (2019) Introduction to Handbook of Prison and the Family In Hutton M & Moran D (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutton M (2018) The Legally Sanctioned Stigmatisation of Prisoners’ Families In Condry R & Scharff-Smith P (Ed.), Prisons, Punishment, and the Family Towards a New Sociology of Punishment? Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Assistant Director of the Centre for Criminological Research

Teaching interests
  • Prison ethnography
  • Crime and the family
  • Human rights
Teaching activities


  • Prisons, Prisoners, and their Families 
  • Punishment and Penal Policy 


  • Issues in Comparative Penology