Ana Morales Biography

Ana obtained her first degree as a Lawyer at the University of Chile and MSc in Criminal Justice Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ana MoralesShe has a background of research in criminology and criminal justice, specializing in recidivisms studies, evaluation of governmental programs in youth and adult crime prevention and resettlement initiatives, and the functioning of the criminal justice system. Before her current work and after receiving her bachelor degree, she worked at the Chilean Ministry of Justice, as head of studies in penal procedural reform and then as head of the Reintegration of offender´s division, where she was in charged with other professionals, among other important work, with reforming the legal framework for the application of the alternatives to custody system. She has also worked as a consultant in prison and youth justice reform for Inter American Bank of Development.

Nowadays, Ana works as a head of the Justice and Resettlement area at Citizen’s Peace Foundation, a leading research center in Chile in citizen security policies, where she has been in charge of leading several research in the criminal justice system, young and adult´s reintegration policy, and gaining experience specially in doing impact evaluation of this policies. She also teaches in several universities master´s degrees in criminal justice policy and criminology topics, and runs on a regular basis an undergraduate criminology course at the Law Faculty of the University Alberto Hurtado.

She also publishes regularly in specialized journals in Chile, focusing on criminal justice, alternatives to custody, social exclusion and different aspects of ex inmates' reintegration processes.

PhD Research

Ana is in her third year of a part-time research program, under the supervision of Professors Sam King and Ron Mawby. She is interested in alternatives to custody, understanding and explaining how practitioners and offenders perceive these sanctions, considering the theoretical constructions of the justifications of punishment. In order to achieve that, she will develop an empirical research with practitioners and offenders in Chilean population. Some of the questions she is interested in addressing, is how are alternatives to custody perceived by this population and to identify the punitive message perceived by offenders. This PhD is expected to be completed by 2020.

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