David Wilson

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Ex Prison Governer from Scotland, born 1957

Why Is David Wilson Influential?

David Wilson is a professor emeritus of criminology at Birmingham City University. He studied at the University of Glasgow and Selwyn College at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. from the Cambridge Institute of Criminology.

Soon after graduating college, he joined Her Majesty’s Prison Service as an Assistant Governor. He is said to have become the youngest governor in the country. In his early years working for the corrections system, he worked at HM YOI Huntercombe, HMP Grendon, HMP Woodhill and HMYOI Finnamore Wood. He went on to become Head of Prison Officer and Operational Training for the Prison Service, which placed him in a leadership role at the national level. After visiting prisons in Albania, he resigned from Her Majesty’s Prison Service, in protest against what he felt were inhumane prison conditions in the UK.

He is the author of more than a dozen books on criminal justice, including Serial Killers: Hunting Britons and Their Victims 1960-2006, Pain and Retribution: A Short History of British Prisons 1066 to the Present, and Mary Ann Cotton: Britain’s First Female Serial Killer. His most recent book, My Life with Murderers: Behind Bars with the World’s Most Violent Men, was published in 2019.

Today, Wilson is a frequent commentator for the press on criminal issues, and still provides consultation for active investigations.

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According to Wikipedia, Professor David Wilson is a Scottish emeritus professor of criminology at Birmingham City University. A former prison governor, he is well known as a criminologist specialising in serial killers through his work with various British police forces, academic publications, books, and media appearances.

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