Criminal justice and charities
Charities and their funders are at the forefront of work to rehabilitate offenders, reduce reoffending and lower the crime rate.
But prisons are under intense pressure—levels of violence are up, staff numbers are down, and complaints about overcrowding are widespread. Charities are struggling to access those in need.
Criminal justice charities must be better supported to fulfil their role supporting people in the justice system. We want to understand how.
Key resources and commentary on criminal justice
People in prison need access to charities. But due to the nature of prisons charities find it hard to get access to prisoners. In this report we set out working with the system can help charities break down the barriers to access.
Researcher Theo Clay shares some early work from Criminal Justice Project. We have been speaking to around 30 charities to hear about their challenges, but also to shine a light on examples of prisons and charities working well together.
Early findings from conversations with policymakers, parliamentarians, charities and funders on charities’ role in influencing change in the criminal justice sector.
In this piece we outline our findings from research into the role of charities in the criminal justice sector. We found that charities make a unique contribution in this space, but face various challenges to achieving their potential. After exploring these challenges, we make suggestions for how funders, commissioners and government, and charities themselves can work to overcome these issues and maximise the voluntary sector's value-add in the criminal justice sector.
Criminal justice charities rely heavily on financial support from trusts, foundations and philanthropists. But we've found that independent funders are increasingly frustrated with the criminal justice system. Grace Wyld takes a closer look at the main challenges at hand, told in funders' own words.
Consultant Grace Wyld sets out the three areas which will define NPC's criminal justice work over the next year.
In this collection of articles from 2005 to the present day, we highlight ways in which the criminal justice sector is changing in response to the new commissioning environment and how charities are assessing the impact of their services to improve what they do.
More than 13,500 women are imprisoned in the UK every year. The reasons why are complex but they must be understood if these numbers are to be reduced. This research has been commissioned by the J Leon Philanthropy Council to gain a better understanding of women’s pathways into and through the criminal justice system.
This document is NPC's submission to the Ministry of Justice's 2018 consultation on the future direction of the Probation Service and sets out our view that charities have a unique offering the system and could so much to improve it, if they were supported.
With prisons in crisis and with policy makers preoccupied by Brexit, Grace Wyld asks—how does the social sector go about campaigning for meaningful criminal justice reform in 2018?
An acute public sector worker crisis in our prisons means that some officers are too understaffed to safely unlock prisoners to take part in purposeful activity. For charities working to support prison residents, this is a real problem. Grace Wyld looks at the importance of accessible prisons, and how digital solutions might help.
We are avid supporters of the Ministry of Justice's Justice Data Lab. The latest report, published today, marks another significant step forward in its development, through a new link to a data set that will help charities working with the most complex offenders to use the service. The report on re-offending rates for the Langley House Trust is the first to use OASys data to calculate a more accurate comparison group, and shows statistically significant reductions in re-offending.