Professor Iolo Madoc-Jones was appointed Professor of Criminal and Social Justice at Wrexham University in 2018. Iolo is a first language Welsh speaker who, before becoming an academic, was a Probation Officer and then Senior Probation Officer.
He has an MSc in Forensic Behavioural Science and his PhD (awarded in 2010) explored Welsh language use in the Criminal Justice System in Wales. Between 2004 and 2016, as well as working at Wrexham University, he was an Associate Inspector with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and inspected provisions for managing and addressing offending behaviour in communities (probation and youth justice) and custodial contexts.
He has published in a range of criminology and social work journals, and has presented his work at national and international academic conferences. His latest research has been as Principal Investigator on a Welsh government funded evaluation of services provided to homeless adults leaving the secure estate in Wales.
He has recently been involved in a review of the Welsh Government Substance Misuse Strategy, and an evaluation of the provisions to address homelessness in the Wales (Housing) Act 2015.
He is Director of ‘Cyfiawnder: The Social Inclusion Research Centre' at Wrexham University. Iolo’s areas of academic interest include probation, prisons, homelessness. Iolo welcomes enquiries by students wishing to undertake doctoral level study in any of those areas.