Prisons research has very specific skills associated with it, and requires a particular approach to interacting with closed institutions and offending populations. There are many issues that require thought when undertaking prisons research, as well as numerous possible ways to do it. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the different aspects and methods possible in prisons research, allowing the novice researcher to gain some ideas on what is often a relatively secretive practice. After introducing the rationale for prisons research, its methodological and critical context and covering basic practicalities, this book offers a range of tips and tricks for the prisons researcher. It covers key topics such as ethics, the process of choosing methods and prisons research around the world. It is essential reading for students engaged with criminological research methods and for early career researchers.