Prior to joining Middlesex University, I worked in a variety of practitioner roles within the criminal justice system. This includes working as a drug and alcohol practitioner and as a qualified probation officer.
I recently completed PhD focused on the resettlement of short sentence prisoners that have taken place under the 'transforming rehabilitation' reforms, with the aims to understand how this sentence is experienced by those subject to it, and enacted by practitioners 'on the ground floor level'.
PhD: 'Practitioner and service user experiences of short term imprisonment and resettlement under the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014'
PGcert Higher Education and Fellow of the HEA
PG Diploma in Community Justice
MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology. Winner of the Yvonne Heard Award in Criminology
BA Honours Sociology and Criminology
My main areas of teaching include the criminal justice system, rehabilitation and desistance, penology and prisons and gangs and group offending.
My research interests include the lived experiences of punishment, prison policy and practice, probation policy and practice, and resettlement/reentry from prison.
Cracknell, Matthew and Trebilcock, Julie (2020) Transforming rehabilitation: a failed experiment in throughcare and offender reintegration. In: Prisons and Community Corrections Critical Issues and Emerging Controversies. Birch, Philip and Sicard, Louise , eds. Routledge, London, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780367818715
Cracknell, Matthew (2020) Post-sentence supervision: a case-study of the extension of community resettlement support for short sentence prisoners. Probation Journal . ISSN 0264-5505 (Published online first)
Cracknell, Matthew (2018) Post-release reforms for short prison sentences: re-legitimising and widening the net of punishment. Probation Journal , 65 (3). pp. 302-315. ISSN 0264-5505
Ward, Jennifer and Gray, Natalie and Cracknell, Matthew (2017) Transformative learning through university and prison partnership: an evaluation of the Middlesex University and HMP Wandsworth Prison module. In: Middlesex University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2017, 08 Sept 2017, Middlesex University, London, UK.
Cracknell, Matthew (2016) Reflections on undertaking the Probation Qualifying Framework scheme during the transforming rehabilitation changes. Probation Journal , 63 (2). pp. 211-218. ISSN 0264-5505
Founding member of the Middlesex University Prisons Research Group (PRG): https://www.mdx.ac.uk/our-research/research-groups/prisons-research-group
Member of the Safer Communities journal editorial advisory board
European Society of Criminology (ESC) member of the community sanctions and measures working group (CSM WG)
British Society of Criminology (BSC)
The Howard League for Penal Reform
National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO)