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.
I would be interested in providing doctoral supervision in any of the above areas.
Cracknell, Matthew and Flinterman, Charlotte (2022) Resettlement: a people first approach to community (re)integration. In: Reimagining Probation Practice: Re-forming Rehabilitation in an Age of Penal Excess. Burke, Lol and Carr, Nicola and Cluley, Emma and Collet, Steve and McNeill, Fergus , eds. Routledge. ISBN 9780367775995 (Accepted/In press)
Cracknell, Matthew (2022) Running on the treadmill: practitioner experiences of mass supervision. European Journal of Probation , 14 (2). pp. 109-127. ISSN 2066-2203
Cracknell, Matthew and Ward, Jennifer (2022) The resettlement experiences of people supported by the charity Prisoners Abroad. Project Report. Prisoners Abroad.
Cracknell, Matthew (2022) Trapped in a cycle: the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 and the rise in recall to custody. ECAN bulletin (50). pp. 13-19. ISSN 2752-5953
Cracknell, Matthew (2021) From the 'seamless sentence' to 'through the gate': understanding the common threads of resettlement policy failures. British Journal of Community Justice , 17 (2). pp. 86-103. ISSN 1475-0279
Founding member of the Middlesex University Prisons Research Group (PRG): https://www.mdx.ac.uk/our-research/research-groups/prisons-research-group
Recent presentations to the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) and the Probation Institute
Member of the Safer Communities journal editorial advisory board
Member of the European Journal of probation editorial advisory board
European Society of Criminology (ESC) member of the community sanctions and measures working group (CSM WG)
British Society of Criminology (BSC) member of the Prison research network (PRN)
The Howard League for Penal Reform
National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO)