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Clean Slate

Understanding the Lived Experiences of Persons with Criminal Convictions

Project Overview

CLEAN SLATE is a participatory action research study that engages men with past criminal convictions as peer-to-peer researchers to document and analyse their challenges of navigating social reintegration with a criminal record.

The project works in partnership with Cork Alliance Centre, a voluntary sector organisation based in Cork City who support people to make a fresh start after prison. 

Find out more about this project at: Clean Slate Cork 

Funder & Project Dates

This project is funded under the New Foundations 2021 Programme from December 2021 - September 2022.


Dr. Katharina Swirak (PI), Department of Sociology and Criminology. Email: 



Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Top Floor, Carrigbawn/Safari Building, Donovan Road, Cork, T12 YE30