Dr Sam King

Sam KingLecturer in Criminology

Room 1.01, 1st floor, 154 Upper New Walk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5729

Email: sk532@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I obtained a first class honours degree in Social Policy from the University of Birmingham in 2005, before going on to complete an ESRC-accredited Masters in Research and a PhD. My doctoral research examined the impact of probation on the early transitions towards desistance.

I was appointed as a University Lecturer at Leicester in 2013, and before that he taught at the University of Derby and the University of Birmingham. I have also conducted research for Unison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.


Office hours: By appointment


  • Punishment
  • Rehabilitation and Desistance
  • Criminal Justice
  • Offenders

Administrative responsibilities

  • Deputy Director of Education
  • BA/BSc Course Convenor


King, S., Hopkins, M. and Cornish, N. (forthcoming) ‘Can models of organisations change help to understand ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in community sentences? Applying Kotter’s model of organisational change to an Integrated Offender Management case study’ Criminology and Criminal Justice.

King, S. (2014) Desistance Transitions and the Impact of Probation. Abingdon: Routledge.

King, S. (2013) ‘Perceptions of work as a route away from crime’. Safer Communities. 12 (3): 122-132.

King, S. (2013) ‘Early desistance narratives: primary desistance and identity reconstruction’. Punishment and Society. 15 (2): 147-165.

King, S. (2013) ‘Assisted Desistance: Experiences of Probation’. Probation Journal. 60 (2): 136-151.

King, S. (2013) ‘Transformative Agency and Desistance From Crime’. Criminology and Criminal Justice. 13 (3): 317-335.


  • Desistance
  • Probation
  • Innovative methodologies in desistance research
  • Offender management
  • Narrative and identity construction

Evaluation of Hertfordshire C2 and Bedfordshire PI Integrated Offender Management (IOM) schemes, funded by The Dawes Trust (£29,864): The outcomes of this project informed the organisational and strategic delivery of IOM through Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Criminal Justice Boards. The outcomes were also considered by neighbouring counties in deciding whether to implement similar IOM strategies.

Evaluation of Anawim women’s community centre, funded by Birmingham City University (£10,000): This project offered a qualitative examination of the effectiveness of Anawim in supporting women desisting from crime.


  • Desistance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Offender Management
  • Community resettlement (particularly involving the Third Sector)
  • Probation supervision

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Scarman Lecture 2018

We are pleased to announce Phil Scraton, Professor Emeritus from Queens Belfast University will be our keynote speaker at this year's Scarman Lecture.

His talk is entitled:-

‘Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth'

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 26 September 2018, at 5pm in Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson South Wing, University of Leicester.

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