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Jo Turner’s research spans the disciplines of criminology, history and gender studies. Her doctorate looked both quantitatively and qualitatively at women’s prosecution and punishment in Stafford between 1880 and 1095. Jo continues to research around the themes of female offending in the past; women’s treatment by the criminal justice system in the past; and outcomes for women in the past following their contact with that system – much of which she has written and published on. She has published several book chapters and in journals such as Law, Crime, History; Crime, History and Society; and the British Journal of Community Justice.

Most recently, she has co-edited a series of Companions in Criminology and Criminal Justice published by Policy Press. Jo was the lead editor for A Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice. Her research endeavours are ongoing and she is currently researching refuges that catered for women released on licence in the 19th century. Jo’s undergraduate and postgraduate studies took place at Keele University but she secured a lectureship at the University of Chester in 2012.

She has since moved to Staffordshire University where she continues to teach Criminology and research around women’s experiences of the criminal justice system in the past, among other topics. She is a member of various professional organisations and research networks, inter alia: the British Society of Criminology, and the British Crime Historians research network and Solon research network.