Charities and their funders are at the forefront of work to support people to support people to make changes, break cycles of reoffending and prevent crime.
But prisons are under intense pressure. They are getting more violent, staff numbers are down, and complaints about overcrowding are widespread. In the midst of all this, 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. Our beyond bars research explores how. We want to continue this research to develop practical policies, building on what we’ve learnt. Get in touch to learn how to be involved.
Key resources and commentary on criminal justice
The latest piece of research in our Beyond Bars program shows that while funders may be worried about the situation in prisons they can fund charities who still have a significant impact and they should not be dissuaded or leave the sector.
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.
This is our written submission to the Justice Select Committee's inquiry into prison governance.
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 make suggestions for how funders, commissioners and government, and charities can work to 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.
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.
Our Data Labs project aims to open up government administrative data to the social sector. That way, charities, funders, government bodies and social enterprises can better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries.