Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Ms Madeline Petrillo

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Modern Languages (University of Bristol), BA (Hons) Community Justice / PG Diploma in Probation Studies (University of Hertfordshire), MSc Criminology (London School of Economics and Political Science), PG Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of East London)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, and Course Leader BA Community Justice
  • Address: St George’s Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5389
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I joined the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies as a Senior Lecturer in 2012. I teach primarily on the Probation Qualification Framework. Prior to this I lectured part-time for the University of Bradford. I completed my MSc in 2006 for which I completed research into the gender issues for female Probation Officers working with high risk men. I worked as a Probation Officer for ten years specialising in work with ‘high risk’ and female offenders. During this time I spent two years on secondment at HMP Downview working with women in prison and two years working for the New Zealand Department of Corrections.  My professional experience includes all aspects of community supervision, Court and Parole Board assessments, therapeutic and offence-focused group and one-to-one work with female prisoners, one-to-one work with people assessed as high risk (primarily perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse), delivery of cognitive-behavioural programmes and involvement in Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels. My research interests include community interventions with offenders, women’s pathways into and out of crime and issues of gender in the Criminal Justice System.

Teaching Responsibilities

My primary teaching role is on the BA (Hons) / PG Diploma in Community Justice; the qualifying course of study for trainee probation supervisors. I am Unit Coordinator for the course ‘Dangerousness and Dangerous Offenders’ on this programme. I also lecture across all levels of the undergraduate programme on aspects women’s experiences of the criminal justice system including experiences of punishment, treatment and rehabilitation, gender discrimination and feminist criminology.  I am Unit Coordinator for the level 6 unit ‘Gender and Crime.’


  • Women in conflict with the law
  • Interventions with women in the criminal justice system
  • Probation and community interventions
  • The assessment and management of high risk offenders

I am currently undertaking doctoral research exploring pathways to desistance with women leaving HMP Holloway. This is longitudinal, qualitative research involving interviews with the participants over 12 months after their release from custody examining factors that support or pose obstacles to women’s desistance from crime.  


Research profile

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