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
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.
Consultant Grace Wyld sets out the three areas which will define NPC's criminal justice work over the next year.
Following a number of prison riots and wider concerns about the state of Britain's prisons, criminal justice has rarely been out of the news of late. At NPC we're researching the role of the charities in reducing reoffending and improving outcomes for those in the criminal justice system. Grace Wyld, who is involved in this research, reflects on the findings so far.
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.
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.
Re-offending costs the government between £9.5bn and £13bn each year. Two in five adult prisoners are convicted again within a year of release. Yet many charities are successfully harnessing the transformative power of art to help reduce these numbers.
There are many obstacles to measuring impact, and at NPC we work hard to help charities overcome them. Here, James Noble talks through a recent review of one solution—the Justice Data Lab at the Ministry of Justice—explaining why we think the model shows real promise for helping us reach the impact summit.
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.
This paper summarises a discussion convened by NPC on 9 May 2015 with representatives from voluntary sector organisations that had bid unsuccessfully in the 2014 Ministry of Justice Transforming Rehabilitation Tier 1 tendering process.
In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation process inviting comments on the Justice Secretary's proposals to transform rehabilitation.