Helen Codd

Helen Codd

Principal Lecturer, School International Co-ordinator / Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB259

+44 (0) 1772 89 3076


Helen Codd holds an LLB(Hons) degree in Law from the University of Wales and an M.Phil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology.

Full Profile

Helen joined the Law department at UCLan in 1991; was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and to Principal Lecturer in 2005. She has substantial experience of unpaid work with third sector organisations and is currently Chair of THOMAS, a social exclusion/drug rehabilitation charity based in Blackburn.

Helen was featured in the Winter 2016 edition of BreakThrough magazine talking about her inaugural professorial lecture “Prisoners’ Children and Criminal Justice”.







Codd, Helen (2013) Locked in and Locked Out: Global Feminist Perspectives on Women and Imprisonment. In: Global Criminology: Crime and Victimization in the Globalized Era. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 199-218. ISBN 978-1439892497

Codd, Helen Louise and Scott, David (2010) Controversial Issues in Prisons. Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK. ISBN 9780335223039

Codd, Helen Louise (2008) In the Shadow of Prison: Families, Imprisonment and Criminal Justice. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK. ISBN 978-1843922452

Codd, Helen Louise (2012) "Baby can I hold you?" Prisoners, Reproductive Choices and Family Life. Contemporary Issues in Law, 11 (4). pp. 227-248. ISSN 1357 -0374

More publications


Criminal law at all levels; Criminology; Sentencing; Criminal Process.

External Activities

Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London. Currently external examiner in Criminology at the University of Coventry.

Helen Codd is an active participant in ERASMUS teaching exchanges.



Helen Codd is currently writing ‘Controversial Issues in Prisons’ (co-authored with David Scott) which will be published by OUP/McGraw Hill in 2008.


Helen Codd’s research focuses on socio-legal and criminological questions in relation to prisons, prisoners and prisoners’ families. She is also interested in gender, human rights and in international perspectives on criminal justice. Her work has been cited in argument by counsel before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and she has contributed to a number of significant reports on prisoners’ families. Helen currently supervises a number of M.Phil/Ph.D students.