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- Job title:
- Senior Lecturer in Criminology
- School of Social Sciences & Law
- Research institute:
- Social Futures Institute
About Michael Teague
Michael Teague is a criminologist. He studied at the Universities of Oxford and Strathclyde. Prior to his academic career, he was a probation officer, working directly with offenders. This experience informs his teaching and research. He based his Probation Monograph, Rapists Talking About Rape: An Exploration of Masculine Culture, on his interviews with imprisoned sexual offenders.
Michael is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the British Journal of Community Justice, and also a member of the Specialist Assessment Board of the Probation Journal.
Michael’s current research interests include probation, criminal and community justice, penal policy, and sexual offending. He has published work on developing ethnographic research in probation, and also on imprisonment in America. He is currently researching probation culture in London and the north east of England.
In the news
- Dangers of privatised probation
The Independent, Page 18, 18/07/2013
Letter from Michael Teague, Social Futures Institute
- Teesside University interview
BBC Radio Tees, Neil Green, 30/04/2013, 16:24:20
Michael Teague comments.
- Justice chief on 'problem' re-offering among young people
Sunday Sun (Newcastle), 21/04/2013, p.30
Teesside University criminologist Michael Teague said the age that children could be considered a criminal in the UK affected figures. He said: "Children can be arrested by the police from the age of 10 years, which is the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales. This age is low in relation to other European countries that have an average age of criminal responsibility of 14 years.
- Drugs farm alert
Evening Gazette, 04/05/2012, p.14
Det Sgt Nigel McCartney, of Cleveland Police's Langbaurgh drugs unit says the increasing number of cannabis farms on Teesside is not going to diminish. Michael Teague, a criminologist at Teesside University, said: 'We are doing very well giving that it's the most commonly used illegal drug in Britain. Giving the number of people who use it, it's remarkably low compared to other areas.'
- The US incarceration machine
The Justice Gap (Web), 08/02/2012
Criminologist and Teesside University academic Michael Teague writes about developments in the American criminal justice system, while also looking at the prison system in England and Wales. Read the article
- 'There'd be outrage if people knew burglars get a slap on the wrist'
Evening Gazette, 01/06/2012, p.4
A Teesside judge has slammed sentencing guidelines for letting off first-time burglars with a 'slap across the wrist'. Criminologist Michael Teague, who works at Teesside University's School of Social Sciences and Law, said guidelines were nothing new and judges still had discretion.
- Letters: The state must not have power to snoop at will
The Independent (Web), 04/04/2012
Thirteen years ago, the Macpherson inquiry concluded that institutional racism affected the Metropolitan Police, and other forces too. Macpherson made 70 recommendations aimed at 'the elimination of racist prejudice and disadvantage and the demonstration of fairness in all aspects of policing. We clearly still have some way to go to achieve that goal. Michael Teague, School of Social Sciences and Law University of Teesside.
- Suspect is urged to hand himself in
Evening Gazette, 28/04/2012, p.3
Criminologist's view Michael Teague, pictured inset, is a criminologist at Teesside University. He said those who commit murder could be driven by a number of factors including financial gain, drug addiction, mental health problems or simply rage. Those who commit multiple random killings often display signs of a personality disorder including a non-compliance with rules and lack of empathy for others.
- He's ruined her life - she'll never forget
Evening Gazette, 19/04/2012, p.12
Teesside University criminologist Michael Teague said parents needed to be aware of the potential dangers when their children surf the net. He said: 'I think it would be unreasonable to stop kids actually using the web. But parents need to be aware of what their kids are up to.'
- Racism and the police
The Independent, 04/04/2012, p.18
A letter from Michael Teague of the School of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Teesside outlines racism within the police force.
- Michael Teague of Teesside University
BBC Radio Tees, Mike Parr, 27/03/2012, 11:01:14; BBC Radio Tees, Lisa McCormick, 31/03/2012, 13:27:32
A criminologist from Teesside University says that people should be careful about how they read online crime maps, which allow members of the public to see how many crimes to place in a certain area. Michael Teague of Teesside University provides comment.
- Should life in jail really mean life?
Evening Gazette (Teesside), 21/01/2012
Expert comments from Michael Teague, a criminologist at Teesside University, who feels that though criminals can change, there are some types of offender - those displaying psychopathic traits or anti-social personality disorder - should never be released
- Councils working to understand why re-offending rates higher in north-east
Guardian Professional, Tuesday 10 January 2012
Councils can have a significant impact in promoting what is referred to as desistance behaviour, steering people away from crime, according to Michael Teague, lecturer in criminology at Teesside University and a former probation officer.