Mr Alaric J M Woodrow

  • Qualifications: BA (Sociology, McMaster University) MEd. (Educational Administration, Brock University) MSc. (Criminology & Criminal Psychology, University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice entitled Technologies of Exclusion: Visitor Victims V2 .

People who attempt to visit their relatives in prison in Canada and elsewhere are sometimes turned away at the door.  People who have incarcerated friends or relatives are often reluctant to talk about that fact.  This unique research, of a sensitive area in a person’s life, examines the process and impact of visit refusal. The study examines the technologies used in the screening process , e.g., Ion scanners and  Xray machines, drug dogs, physical barriers and searches. The role of prison staff, rules and regulations and the need for security, with their combined impact upon the family, are at the centre of this study.  This small study is approached using semi-structured interviews and an on-line survey which give a balanced view of the process and impact of denied visits.