Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Deborah Jump is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of Youth Justice for Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.
Deborah has over fifteen years’ experience of working in youth justice as both a practitioner and service manager. She was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fund grant evaluating the impact of sporting programmes on communities in the USA. Deborah’s current research focuses on youth justice, sport and desistance from crime, and she has a particular interest in the impact of boxing on young offenders’ attitudes towards violent crime. She is the grant holder and principle investigator for the Comic Relief funded project Getting out for Good: Preventing Gangs through Participation. Deborah is also the co-investigator, alongside Professor Hannah Smithson, on Kicking Crime into Touch, a Sport Relief project funded in partnership with England Rugby.
Boxing is often praised as a way of teaching discipline, anger management and teamwork. Now, with violent crime on the rise in English cities especially among young men and boys the sport is being used to support those...