Dr. Ruth Armstrong

Ruth works at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and her doctoral studies examined life after release from prison, describing the gritty realities of trying to get out of a life of crime on a day to day basis.

She has published on the role of trust in desistance from crime, on the role of faith communities working alongside people released from prison, and on the realities of doing research with people in prison and after prison.

Ruth is passionate about CLI’s excellent volunteer mentoring work because it was so important to the people who took part in her doctoral studies, and one of her highlights of work with CLI was producing ‘Jogging with Jody’, a film that showed how placing trust in people trying to rebuild their lives after imprisonment can help them to deal with the difficulties they face along the way.